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by Dieter Bohn Mon, 19 Jan 2009 2:22 pm EST

We've already posted on this video, but it warrants another look. In the recent history of Palm, nothing has been more important to the survival of the company than the gigantic infusion of cash and brain-power that resulted from Elevation Partner's buy-in to Palm.  It bought Jon Rubenstein to the table, it added some much needed gravitas to their board of directors, it gave the company the cash and tools they needed to make the Pre happen.

Elevation's most famous investory is U2's Bono, but the heart and soul of the private equity firm is clearly gadget-nut (check out his utility belt in the video after the break) Roger McNamee.  He recently sat down with Sarah Lacy to discuss the Pre and how CES2009 was Palm's "Sally Field" moment.

McNamee is clearly excited about the Pre (and with good reason) -- so excited that he has apparently let slip two features of the webOS that Palm didn't let on to during their keynote: a feature we're calling "Oops I'm late" in honor of the Windows Mobile app and another that's a sort of "Automatic Calendar Context."  Get the full skinny and the video of McNamee describing both, after the break

(Edit: fixed the video)

After describing Palm's "synergy" method of combining contacts and calendars from multiple locations (including LinkedIn, also a new feature we hadn't heard about before), McNamee gets into describing the new stuff:

But better than that, it does stuff for you. So when you wake up in the morning, it has taken your calendar -- if you ask it to -- and downloaded the maps for you whole day, it's downloaded the wikipedias for the people you're going to visit and the companies you're going to see... Why is it on PCs you have to go and do all that?

And when you're late -- get this -- when you're late it -- remember, this things has GPS, it has a clock, and it has your calendar. So it not only knows where you are, it knows where you're supposed to be and when; and so when it realizes you're going to be late, it says "Hey, not only are you going to be late, but I can take care of it for you. I'll send an email to your assistant or to the people in the meeting, which would you prefer? And oh, by the way, here's the map." This is the beginning of a new wave.

Sounds pretty good to us.  Actually, what has us most excited is that if this sort of functionality is in there and Palm didn't even bother telling us about it during their CES2009 presentation, what other goodies are in store for webOS?

Big thanks to Goyena of the TreoCentral forums for pointing the story out!

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13 Comments

It doesnt suprise me that they would slowly start letting other cool features out of the bag. If they gave us everything all at once they wouldnt have people continue to talk about it. Cant wait to see what else there is.

This is the kind of stuff I've always wished our smartphones would do. It can "Pre"dict what were going to do. Sounds like a little Numenta and Synergy all rolled up in one sweet package. Now if it can realize that I like to stop at Starbucks nearly everymorning using GPS, maybe it can point out the nearest Starbuck when I'm traveling to a new location but only in the mornings. Now that would be cool

Jeff Hawkins Numenta:

Involve identifying patterns in complex data. The ultimate applications likely will include vision systems, robotics, data mining and analysis, and failure analysis and prediction.

And when you're late -- get this -- when you're late it -- remember, this things has GPS, it has a clock, and it has your calendar. So it not only knows where you are, it knows where you're supposed to be and when.... :D

What will come along next, clearly, is "ok, you have that appt at 3, and guess what, there's a major accident, so you had better leave in 10 minutes if you want to make it on time."

While that would be neat in the future, unfortunately in the US at least, if you're not in a major city, then traffic reporting just isn't up to par to make that possible.

So true was going to wait for the new Blackberry come out but now may have changed my mind will be checking out the pre and keep my curve. Both phones are coming out in june nice.

It sounds as though Palm certainly has a winner on their hands.

Sprint & Palm both need this device to be a huge success.

As a consumer I'm pulling for them both.

Finally, an i-phone killer?! This phone sounds VERY cool.

Well... Not sure about anyone else, but I'm struggling to see the user-cases for this. If I'm off for a first meeting to a company that's big enough to show up on Wikipedia, with people who are important enough to show up on Wiki, I'm going to be doing more than just believe some self-edited guff.

Downloading maps is great if the area I'm going to is in a dead-zone, but there's GPS in the car...

Is there no Google Maps for Pre...?

It would be handy if I'm going to another country and don't want to be stung with roaming charges. But then, do I want to be waving a brand new Pre around in an area I don't actually know...?

And since when did Linkedin hold accurate information...?

Joel

(Joel is Senior Executive VP of Development for BigCo, and is currently working on re-implementing the Internet with Voice-Over-Marbles (VOM) Protocols)

I have to confess that I had been going off of the Pr

It has a clock and GPS... so it could also figure out and send a "what do you know, I made it on time" email...

Maybe Numenta IS running it after all...

Jon Rubinstein did say after Matias' demonstration that the demo "..just scratches

And when you're late -- get this -- when you're late it -- remember, this things has GPS, it has a clock, and it has your calendar. So it not only knows where you are, it knows where you're supposed to be and when; and so when it realizes you're going to be late, it says
...Hey, you know that big company whose details I downloaded from Wikipedia? Well guess what - they're not going to hire you, and you should have got out of bed ten minutes earlier, asshole.