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OQO Wins Japans 2007 Good Design Award, Groppo named VP of Engineering



OQO Model 02 Tablet PC I’m still in the middle of doing a lot of testing of the SSD based OQO Model 02 and quite impressed with this new model, so it is good to see some much deserved accolades come OQO’s way. They have just been awarded the Good Design Award 2007 for their Model 02, sponsored by the Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization.

Congratulations, OQO – well deserved.

Here is more on the Good Design Award from OQO’s press release:

OQO Inc., creator of the world’s smallest fully functional Windows Vista ® PC, today announced that it has received the prestigious Good Design Award 2007, sponsored by the Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization. This award recognizes the OQO model 02 computer for its innovative product concept, high degree of usability, and superior product design.

The “Good Design Award” is Japan’s only comprehensive design evaluation and commendation system, originating from the “Good Design Selection System” (generally known as the “G-Mark System”) instituted by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry in 1957. This accolade is presented for designs that clearly demonstrate merit in the following assessment categories: designs that meet or exceed a certain standard, superior designs and future-oriented designs. Products that have received the Good Design Award are permitted to be exhibited with the highly recognized ““G-mark” logo.

In addition to winning the Good Design Award, OQO also announced that Bob Groppo has joined the company as vice president of engineering:

Groppo brings more than 20 years of experience working on PC systems, including mainstream desktop, notebook, appliance and server platforms with expertise spanning from chip-level and system-level architecture at Intel Corporation, to high-availability, scalable server designs at Sun Microsystems.

In addition to his work with PC architecture, Groppo has developed smartphones, digital still cameras, camera modules, portable media players, wireless modules, MIMO antennas and various nontraditional computing platforms.

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