Celio Redfly Project 2: Redfly Mobile Viewer Public Beta

The Celio Redfly is essentially a portable dumb terminal for Windows Mobile smartphones. Wait! Didn’t I just say that in my previous blog item? Well, it worth saying again 🙂 When it first came out, it was priced at $500 at a time when early netbooks were selling for well under that price. A later Redfly model (C8N) dropped to $299 in late 2008 but I still felt it was priced too high. On Nov. 11, 2008, I wrote this opinion in my personal blog

It would make a lot more sense for Celio to become a software vendor that enables low-end netbooks like the Acer Aspire One ($329 for the flash storage-only, 3-cell battery model) to become Windows Mobile terminals. It would remove the all the issues surrounding hardware manufacturing and distribution and become a nimble firm with a use software product.

It looks like Celio was already working on it back then because they announced the availability of a public beta of the Redfly Mobile Viewer in this blog post…

CTIA Follow Up

The Redfly Mobile Viewer lets any notebook or netbook behave like Celio’s Redfly dumb terminal hardware does: Extend a Windows Mobile smartphone’s keyboard and display to the notebook or netbook.

I’m really looking forward to trying this free beta. And, I hope the production release is reasonable priced (something I can afford!).