By James Booth
Welcome to Hype-a-palooza. This, our first ever Hype-a-palooza, is designed to promote awareness of the underappreciated Tapwave Zodiac, shown in Figure A (and get you a ton of cool prizes). Why hype the Zodiac? The reason is pretty simple: we think it's a great product, a real innovation in the handheld market. In the future, we will likely hype-a-palooza other products that we feel are deserving of added attention.FIGURE A
Here's what the Tapwave Zodiac 2 looks like. (click for larger image)
So what is the Zodiac? The Zodiac is a multimedia handheld computer that runs the Palm OS. In addition to being a standard handheld, the Zodiac is the first to incorporate a dedicated video processor and 3D engine to optimize it for video, audio, and game play. For in-depth coverage of the Zodiac, see my review in the August issue of Computing Unplugged Magazine, at http://www.computingunplugged.com/issues/issue200408/00001348001.html.
This Hype-a-palooza is produced by Computing Unplugged Magazine, a publication of ZATZ Publishing, in conjunction with Tapwave and Zodiac Gamer. Neither Tapwave, nor Zodiac Gamer (at http://www.zodiacgamer.com) are advertisers with, nor are they directly affiliated with Computing Unplugged Magazine or ZATZ Publishing.
The inspiration for Hype-a-palooza came from the staff at Computing Unplugged Magazine because the Zodiac is a product we would like to see succeed. This is our way of helping to spread the word and make the public more aware of it.
What's this Hype-a-palooza thing and what do I get out of it?
The idea behind the Hype-a-palooza is you create your own special ad for the Tapwave Zodiac, and, if our band of judges love your creation, you win one of a ton of killer prizes! Now, you may be saying you don't own a Zodiac, so why should you get excited? The answer's simple: the grand prize is a Tapwave Zodiac. So, if you're creative enough, you might just get one of your own.
"The grand prize is a Tapwave Zodiac"
Before we tell you what you've got to create, take a look at all the great stuff we've lined up to give away.
Prize: Brando Workshop Zodiac Protector Pack
We've got what I like to call the Brando Workshop Zodiac Protector Pack in Figure B. Brando Workshop has donated one of their Leather Zodiac Cases, see http://shop.brando.com.hk/bwzodiaccase.php, as well as an Ultra Clear Screen Protector for the Zodiac, see http://shop.brando.com.hk/ultraclearscreenprotector.php, and their Enhanced Screen Protector for the Zodiac, see http://shop.brando.com.hk/screenprotector.php.