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Gizmondo
Manufacturer Tiger Telematics
Type Handheld game console
Generation Seventh generation era
First available 19 March 2005
Online service GPRS
The Gizmondo handheld video game unit. United States and British coins included for scale.

The Gizmondo was a handheld gaming console with GPRS and GPS technology, which was manufactured by Tiger Telematics. Launched in 2005,[1] the Gizmondo sold poorly, and by February of 2006 the company discontinued the Gizmondo and was forced into bankruptcy. Gizmondo was overshadowed by Stefan Eriksson's involvement in organized crime. A console manufacturer is a company that manufactures and distributes video game consoles. ... A handheld game console is a lightweight, portable electronic machine for playing video games. ... Video games were introduced as a commercial entertainment medium in 1971, becoming the basis for an important entertainment industry in the late 1970s/early 1980s in the United States, Japan, and Europe. ... In the history of computer and video games, the seventh generation began on November 21, 2004 with the United States release of the Nintendo DS. The beginning of the seventh generation for home consoles came on November 22, 2005 with the release of Microsofts Xbox 360, and continued a... is the 78th day of the year (79th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) is a mobile data service available to users of GSM mobile phones. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1420x1116, 420 KB) The Gizmondo handheld video game unit. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1420x1116, 420 KB) The Gizmondo handheld video game unit. ... Screenshot of Gawker Gawker Media is an online media company founded and owned by Nick Denton. ... General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) is a Mobile Data Service available to users of Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) and IS-136 mobile phones. ... The Global Positioning System (GPS) is the only fully functional Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). ... Notice of closure stuck on the door of a computer store the day after its parent company, Granville Technology Group Ltd, declared bankruptcy (strictly, put into administration—see text) in the United Kingdom. ... Police mugshot of Eriksson after his arrest in April 2006 Bo Stefan M. Eriksson (born 14 December 1961) is a Swedish businessman from Uppsala who ran the Gizmondo gaming company until it became insolvent in 2005. ... Organized crime or criminal organizations are groups or operations run by criminals, most commonly for the purpose of generating a monetary profit. ...

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Functionality and specifications

The Gizmondo includes a GPS module for in-car navigation which could also be used to track player movement in real-time for multiplayer games. It also contains a 0.3 Megapixel VGA camera mounted on the rear of the device. The Gizmondo can play MP3/WAV/MIDI music, WMV/MPEG4 videos and a variety of 2D/3D games. It can send email and even SMS/MMS messages, although it lacks the ability to send or receive voice calls. A taxi in Kyoto, equipped with GPS navigation system An automotive navigation system is a satellite navigation system designed for use in automobiles. ... Online gaming redirects here. ... For other uses, see MP3 (disambiguation). ... WAV (or WAVE), short for Waveform audio format, is a Microsoft and IBM audio file format standard for storing audio on PCs. ... Musical Instrument Digital Interface, or MIDI, is a system designed to transmit information between electronic musical instruments. ... Windows Media Video (WMV) is a generic name for the set of streaming video technologies developed by Microsoft. ... MPEG-4, introduced in 1998, is the designation for a group of audio and video coding standards agreed upon by the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG). ... 2D computer graphics is the computer-based generation of digital images—mostly from two-dimensional models (such as 2D geometric models, text, and digital images) and by techniques specific to them. ... 3D computer graphics are different from 2D computer graphics in that a three-dimensional representation of geometric data is stored in the computer for the purposes of performing calculations and rendering 2D images. ... This article describes the technical methods for providing the text messaging service. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


The phone service to enable users to send messages was provided by pre-pay Vodafone accounts bundled with the device. It can also access the Global Positioning System for use as a navigation aid. There were plans to support a variety of location-based services, for example. GPRS and Bluetooth wireless connections were intended to provide multiplayer gaming. Vodafone Group Plc is a mobile network operator headquartered in Newbury, Berkshire, England, UK. It is the largest mobile telecommunications network company in the world by turnover and has a market value of about £84. ... The Global Positioning System (GPS) is the only fully functional Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). ... General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) is a mobile data service available to users of GSM mobile phones. ... Bluetooth logo This article is about the electronic protocol named after Harald Bluetooth Gormson. ...


The Gizmondo also had a feature called "Smart Ads." In exchange for a discount on the Gizmondo (of $170 in the US, £100 in the UK), up to three advertisements per day would be displayed on the handheld’s screen. Although the ads would not interrupt game play or other functions of the unit, the user would be forced to watch them before going on to the next function or shutting down the device. However because of the closure of the company, "Smart Ads" currently do not run on the 'Smart Ads' enabled devices.


Gizmondo is powered by a 400 MHz ARM9 processor and has a 2.8 inch 320x240 pixels TFT screen and an NVIDIA 128 bit GoForce 3D 4500 GPU featuring fixed-pipeline shading, hardware transform engine and 1280KB of embedded memory (only 830KB are left when memory is allocated for the double buffers and the z-buffer). The ARM architecture (previously, the Advanced RISC Machine, and prior to that Acorn RISC Machine) is a 32-bit RISC processor architecture developed by ARM Limited that is widely used in a number of embedded designs. ... NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) (pronounced ) is an American corporation specializing in the manufacture of GPU technologies for video cards, graphics cards, workstations, desktop computers, handhelds and more. ... The NVIDIA GoForce line of chipsets used mainly in handheld devices such as PDA and Mobile phones. ... GeForce 6600GT (NV43) GPU Radeon 9800 Pro (R350) GPU Intel GMA X3000 IGP “GPU” redirects here. ...


GE (Gametrac Europe), before changing its name to Gizmondo, said it will offer mobile data communications, such as texting, multimedia messaging, WAP, email, and over-the-air game, music and ringtone downloads, but not voice.

The device would feature a tri-band radio. It supports GSM Class 4 and GPRS Class 12 connections. The GPU was added relatively late in the system's design, causing some delays for launch titles and the system, as they were redesigned.


The system's appearance and ergonomics were created by industrial designer Rick Dickinson, who worked in a similar role on various Sinclair products such as the ZX Spectrum. Industrial design is an applied art whereby the aesthetics and usability of products may be improved for marketability and production. ... Dickinson designed the ZX81 personal computer, and holds a patent for its design. ... Sinclair Research Ltd was a home computer company founded by Clive Sinclair in Cambridge, England. ... The ZX Spectrum is a home computer released in the United Kingdom in 1982 by Sinclair Research Ltd. ...


Gizmondo Widescreen

Tiger Telematics planned to release a widescreen Gizmondo in 2006. It was intended to have a larger screen and upgrades like Wi-Fi and TV-out support. The widescreen Gizmondo was announced just a few weeks before the US launch of the Gizmondo, possibly prompting some potential customers to not buy the Gizmondo, and instead wait for the improved model.[2]


UK release

Gizmondo was released in the United Kingdom on 19 March 2005, initially priced at £229. Units enabled with "Smart Ads" (see below) had a reduced RRP of £129. The Gizmondo was available from the Gizmondo flagship store on London's Regent Street, via Gizmondo's online shop, and other highstreet and online retailers (such as Argos, Dixons, Currys, John Lewis among others). is the 78th day of the year (79th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For people whose family name is Price see Price (disambiguation). ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... The Quadrant at the bottom of Regent Street. ... Coordinates 37°37′ N 22°43′ E Country Greece Periphery Peloponnese Prefecture Argolis Province Argos Population 29,505 Area 5. ... Dixons is an electrical retailer in the UK and Republic of Ireland, and is owned by DSG International plc (formerly Dixons Group). ... Currys is an electrical retailer in the UK and Republic of Ireland, and is owned by DSG International plc. ... John Lewis on Oxford Street, London is the flagship department store of the John Lewis Partnership. ...


U.S. release

In the United States the Gizmondo launched on October 22, 2005. Retail price was $400 for a unit without Smart Ads, or $229 for a Smart Ads enabled device. It was available only through Gizmondo’s website or at one of several kiosks located in shopping malls. However, only 8 of the planned 14 games were ever released in the U.S., along with no CoPilot GPS software, though the software was sold on the British site for a week or two. There was little to no advertising, and some of their advertising was even put in magazines of Nintendo Power (Nintendo's official magazine). Plans to distribute the handheld through other retailers never materialized. is the 295th day of the year (296th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Games

At the time of the US launch (22nd October 2005), fourteen games were available for the Gizmondo.

Hit & Myth was the only game that was released after the US launch on the 13th April 2006. For other uses, see Chess (disambiguation). ... starting position on a 10×10 draughts board Draughts, also known as checkers, is a group of mental sport board games between two players which involve diagonal moves of uniform pieces and mandatory captures by jumping over the enemys pieces. ... Backgammon is a board game for two players in which pieces are moved according to the roll of dice. ... Reversi and Othello are names for an abstract strategy board game which involves play by two parties on an eight-by-eight square grid with pieces that have two distinct sides. ... Reversi and Othello are names for an abstract strategy board game which involves play by two parties on an eight-by-eight square grid with pieces that have two distinct sides. ... Shogi ), or Japanese chess, is the most popular of a family of chess variants native to Japan. ... Xiangqi (Chinese: 象棋; pinyin: xi , Wade-Giles: hsiang-chi; roughly pronounced shyang-chee; literally translated as elephant chess) is one of a family of strategic board games of which chess and shogi are also members. ... Gomoku, go-moku, or gobang (Japanese: 五目並べ, Gomoku Narabe, five points), or in English Connect Five (also spelled Connect 5 or Connect5) is an abstract strategy board game. ... Chinese checkers Chinese checkers (or chequers) is a board game that can be played by two to six people. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... For the title character, see Rayman (character). ... Richard Burns Rally (commonly referred to as RBR) is a PC/PS2/Xbox/Gizmondo racing simulator, published by SCi and developed by Warthog with advice of World Rally Championship driver Richard Burns. ... SSX 3 is a snowboarding video game published by Electronic Arts and developed by EA Sports BIG, which was released in late 2003. ... Sticky Balls is an action puzzle game for the Gizmondo. ... Trailblazer is a video game that requires the player to direct a ball along a series of suspended passages. ... (Redirected from 13th April) April 13 is the 103rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (104th in leap years). ...


Some games that were going to be released:

Although more games were in development, the company’s bankruptcy prevented release of further titles. A list of Gizmondo games can be found here. There were also rumors of Microsoft trying to port Halo (series) games on the Gizmondo, but the possibility vanished when Tiger Telematics went bankrupt. The most anticipated Gizmondo game, Colors, was never released due to the company’s bankruptcy (and would have been one of the few exclusives). Carmageddon is the first of a series of graphically violent driving-oriented video games produced by Stainless Games, published by Interplay and SCi. ... Colors is a Gizmondo game that uses the consoles GPS system to allow you to play in the area you are located in real life, in the game. ... Momma Can I Mow The Lawn is a video game which started off in development for formats such as the PlayStation 2, but after the developer Warthog Games was purchased by Tiger Telematics to produce titles for the Gizmondo handheld console, it became a Gizmondo exclusive. ... Johnny Whatever is a computer game by Warthog Texas. ... This is a list of games on the Gizmondo handheld game console. ... It has been suggested that Covenant Vehicles in Halo be merged into this article or section. ... Colors is a Gizmondo game that uses the consoles GPS system to allow you to play in the area you are located in real life, in the game. ...


References

http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/news/article.html?in_article_id=408118&in_page_id=2
  1. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4361847.stm
  2. ^ http://www.gamesasylum.com/showarticle.php?articleID=4359

See also

Handheld game consoles
Early units
See Microvision and Handheld electronic games
Nintendo handhelds
Game & Watch | Game Boy (Pocket) (Light) | Game Boy Color | Game Boy Advance (SP) | Game Boy Micro | Pokémon Pikachu | Pokémon mini | Nintendo DS (Lite)
Bandai handhelds
WonderSwan | WonderSwan Color | SwanCrystal
GamePark/Holdings handhelds
GP32 | GP2X | XGP | XGP Mini | XGP Kids
SNK handhelds
Neo Geo Pocket | Neo Geo Pocket Color
Sega handhelds
Game Gear | Nomad | Mega Jet | VMU
Sony handhelds
PocketStation | PlayStation Portable (Slim)
Other handhelds
Atari Lynx | Gamate | Watara Supervision | Mega Duck | Game.com | Gizmondo | N-Gage | TurboExpress | Pepper Pad | GameKing | iRiver G10 | Ez MINI | OQO Model 2
Comparison

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Sega Dreamcast VMU The VMU, initialism of Visual Memory Unit (called VMS, Visual Memory System in Japan or Virtual Memory Unit), is a memory card peripheral for the Sega Dreamcast. ... Sony Corporation ) is a Japanese multinational corporation and one of the worlds largest media conglomerates with revenue of $66. ... The PocketStation is a miniature game console created by Sony as a peripheral for the PlayStation. ... The PlayStation Portable , officially abbreviated as PSP) is a handheld game console released and currently manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into PlayStation Portable. ... The Atari Lynx is Ataris only handheld game console, and the worlds first handheld portable gaming system with a color display. ... 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Gizmondo: Information from Answers.com (2184 words)
Gizmondo is powered by a 400 MHz ARM9 processor and has a 2.8 inch 320x240 pixels TFT screen and an NVIDIA 128 bit GoForce 3D 4500 GPU featuring a programmable pixel shader, hardware transform engine and 1280KB of embedded memory.
Gizmondo was released in the United Kingdom on 19 March, 2005, initially priced at £229.
Gizmondo is currently under investigation in the UK for approximately £25-30 million owed to HM Revenue and Customs.
News - Ex-Gizmondo executive's mafia convictions revealed // Gizmondo /// Eurogamer (539 words)
Stefan Eriksson was an executive officer of Gizmondo Europe, and earned over $3 million in salary and bonuses from the company (along with a generous $100,000 vehicle allowance) before his resignation on October 20th.
Two other Gizmondo staff members - who are also believed to have resigned last week - also had convictions for their involvement in this group, including Johan Enander, described as the Uppsala Mafia's "Torpedo", who was a debt collector for the group and was convicted of flmail and assault.
Eriksson's connections to Gizmondo don't stop at his own employment for the firm, however; he is also a co-owner of Northern Lights, a development company which was paid $3.5 million by Gizmondo for its assistance in developing software titles Chicane and Colours - titles which were officially developed by Indie Studios and Warthog.
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