New mobile software runs Palm, Windows &
a Singapore startup founded by the two 22 year old programers;
R. Chandrasekar and Sam Hon Kong Lum, have announced the
forthcoming debut of their new Operating System, MXI (Motion
MXI has been under development for the past 4 years and
is scheduled to be released by the end of the year, said
Gane Ramachandra, Intramedia's vice president of strategy
MXI is an operating system that utilizes a thin-client
computing solution. Actually, server-centric computing may be
a more precise expression to describe this kind of architecture.
The idea behind thin-client computing is simple: centralize computing
power, storage, applications, and data on "servers"
(powerful computers) and provide users with an inexpensive "client"
device (PDA) running the software capable of accessing the powerful
software on the server.
The MXI client (a PDA for example, but it could
also be a cellphone) connects to the server through a wireless
connection to process applications, access files, print, and perform
services available to ordinary computers. The advantages are many:
lower technology costs, reliable computing, easy-to-use devices,
low maintenance needs, and secure data. And, in the case of MXI,
the ability to run any software anywhere.
Being format neutral, the MXI platform allows communication
between applications. This enables the ability to drag &
drop contents between different vendors applications such
as Palm, Microsoft, Linux, Java, etc. In fact, Intramedia recently
demonstrated an iPaq running desktop versions of Word, PowerPoint
and Internet Explorer. The same iPaq was also running a Pac-Man
game for the Atari OS and a Linux version of StarOffice.
A MXI powered PDA is capable of performing interim
functions (calculations, editing) on the device, however when
you want to save the changes/information the PDA connects to the
server and saves your work on the server.
This system of establishing a connection on demand
reduces MXIs bandwidth requirements, so a 28.8 Kbps modem
could be used, Chandrasekar said. This means that a handheld with
a GPRS or other 2.5G connection can run MXI, while handhelds on
faster 3G, 802.11x or Bluetooth networks will enjoy even better
responsiveness, he added.
Benefits for Healthcare
There will be no immediate benefits to the individual "gadget
enthusiast" (and that's most of us right now), because the
company still needs to establish mass market wireless distribution
channels. But for the clinics and institutions who are already
well on the way to integrating 802.11x and Bluetooth in to their
IT solutions the potential benefits are many. Imagine accessing
any document, information or data set written for any OS that
currently resides in the institution's IMS at the point of care.
And yes, the iPaq enthusiasts could even be accessing ePocrates
at some time in the future. :-)