New Open Hardware company
wolfgang at qi-hardware.com
Fri Jul 24 12:19:38 CEST 2009
just a few misconceptions - Qi is global, same as Openmoko. Headquarter in
San Francisco, R&D in Taiwan, Germany, USA. Production in China.
About patents - we care a lot. Qi Hardware is Copyleft Hardware.
How could we think that this would work if we didn't respect intellectual
property? We are not basing a business on risking lawsuits.
Our general approach is - avoid patented technology whenever possible.
Research carefully, help ourselves and our partners to accidentally step
into a patent mine, maybe join a patent defense pool.
After all, owning a patent still doesn't mean that you can force everybody
to make use of your patent. It's not that bad yet!
Thanks for the heads up...
On Fri, Jul 24, 2009 at 11:52:17AM +0200, Tony Berth wrote:
> just few comments from a European! :)
> Its just FINE that you base your company in China.
> China is worldwide a synonym of superior quality and most advanced
> technology in terms of electronics and they are catching up extremely fast
> with the rest of the industrial activities.
> I wouldn't care about Sisvel. Let them try to sue you in ... China :) What
> Sisvel 'defines' is useless and they know that. How may chinese companies
> were sued anyway? :)
> iPhone is WAY too expensive! A pure Mickey Mouse device.
> What I would like to see from your product would be a about 150EUR one where
> I can install by myself the needed s/w (OpenMoko style!) and use it as a
> portable multimedia player - for the beginning! :)
> In general is a NICE TRY and hope you'll release soon a ready to run device.
> On Fri, Jul 24, 2009 at 10:41 AM, Christoph Pulster <openmoko at pulster.de>wrote:
> > >> 2. you announce products which are not exitant for sales.
> > > It is our intention to announce roadmaps in the most open way
> > customers prefer to know less and creat rumours.
> > >> 3. you got no MPEG-patent licences.
> > > We don't need them.
> > Nobody needs them, but you have to pay them anyway.
> > (Sisvel definition: any piece of HW who can decode MPEG algorith)
> > >> 2. you base on "made in China" (synonym for crap in Europe)
> > > Iphone is made in China.
> > I am mentioning a marketing problem.
> > I am mentioning a quality problem.
> > Besides, Iphone backside says "assambled in China".
> > >> 3. the PDA clam-shell form factor is obsolete
> > > Not a single one commented negatively about the clamshell.
> > Psion Plc. invent the clamshell and set the top-level of usable keyboard
> > verses form-factor with Series 3 twenty years ago.
> > We are in the SMS/twitter age now. Some vitual keyboard with multi-touch
> > usability is sufficient. People who want to write full sentences buy a
> > pencil with white paper.
> > In general, what advantage does the NanoNote have to an Iphone with
> > Linux installed ?
> > Christoph
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