I just saw a presentation at Handheld Learning '06 by Andrew Goff, Boomerang IRM Ltd. He was talking about his company are working in conjunction with Sony and other partners to help people look at the Sony PSP with something other than a 'game-playing' eye. I would have liked to have heard more about the pilot projects in terms of what it actually was they were doing as opposed to be told about how one could use the PSP to:
- Store data: similar to a pendrive (built in USB)
- Music: Store and listen to mp3 and other music/sound files (including podacsts)
- Photo: Store and view digital photographs
- Video: Watch movies on the high quality screen
- Wireless connectivity
This does pose the question about convergence though and the possibility that a device such as this can offer schools a resources that could enable and affordably facilitate handheld learning devices.
Another much less heradled handheld device is the Linux based GP2X. This device does all the above things that the PSP does (except wirless capability) but it actually offers learners the chance to create games that can be shared and played, for free, via the Linux interface.