Chris Baker found out that Handspring was going to have a booth and show the
Visor at Fall Internet World 99 he registered for the Expo. Little did he know
that he would end up leaving with one in hand...
Chris, describe the events leading up to your winning
a Visor Deluxe...
"At the show, Handspring was giving away a graphite
Visor Deluxe roughly once every half hour. All you had to do to enter the drawing
was to fill out their survey and watch the presentation. I saw the last 10 minutes
of one demo that was given by Jeff Hawkins himself, and one whole demo that
was presented by one of the paid presenters. At the end of the full demo, Jeff
Hawkins appeared with the Visor Deluxe and pulled my name out of the box of
Wow, so Jeff Hawkins drew your name. What was your reaction?
"After he called my name, it took a few seconds to
sink in. My thoughts were something like ’Oh, Chris Baker won…Oh S$%*! That’s
me!’ I totally did not expect to win. Once I told them I was the person they
picked, Jeff handed me the Visor Deluxe, I shook his hand, thanked him and went
to the partners area to look at the Springboards and accessories."
Did you get any offers to buy or ever think about selling
"Funny you should ask that question. Just before Jeff
Hawkins picked my name he was holding a mock auction for the Visor Deluxe I
won. Someone actually bid $450! It was a pretty funny sight watching him do
his best auctioneer impersonation. I had gone to IW with a co-worker and we
joked after leaving the Expo to sell the Visor under the giant Handspring banner
across the street from the Javits Center like the guys that sell you a “video
camera” on Canal Street by the Holland Tunnel. Selling the device really never
crossed my mind as a real option."
Since leaving Internet World with your Visor have you
had any contact with Handspring?
"The only contact I have had with Handspring since
winning at the Expo was to call the 888 # to inquire about ordering another
USB cradle for the office and the 5-pack of replacement styli."
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