Tapwave Zodiac


posted 8/13/2004 by Charlie Sinhaseni
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An ambitious company named Tapwave is looking to change the face of gaming on the go as we know it. Instead of tackling the mobile gaming market head-on, they’ve decided to take a more practical route that caters to a wide array of buyers. In doing so they’ve developed an amazing device that serves as a fully functional Personal Digital Assistant, plays music at high fidelities, showcases movies at a respectable resolution and provides fully functional 3D gaming. And while the device seems to be a jack of all trades, it does an excellent job of avoiding the pitfalls that plagued the Nokia N-Gage, providing gamers, businessmen and casual electronics consumers with a device that does a little bit of everything, and does it quite well.

Gaming on the go has been around for decades, but it’s only until recent times that it’s been a formidable competitor to the home gaming market. Nintendo’s Gameboy Advance is a retail juggernaut, amassing sales figures that surpass even those of Sony’s PlayStation 2. Companies are starting to capitalize on this relatively untapped market and starting this winter, gamers will be able to get their hands on the Nintendo DS and the Sony PlayStation Portable. Tapwave is looking to cater to those same fans, but with a broader goal of accommodating those who are looking for a complete organization solution. That’s where the Zodiac comes in; not quite gaming machine, not quite personal digital assistant, it’s actually a perfect blend of both, making it one of the best inventions to hit the market in quite some time.
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