The Nintendo DS wasn’t the first handheld to feature a touch-screen. 1997’s Game.com from Tiger had that privilege. A year before that though, Philips looked at releasing a touch-screen handheld for girls called the In2It. It also went by the name of Kidcom during its pre-production.
After extensive focus testing, which entailed groups of children providing sketches of their ideal product and also writing stories in which the final product was somehow involved, Philips cancelled the handheld due to market conditions at the time.
It’s estimated that around 100 units were produced and just five of these were released to the public as part of a focus testing exercise. One of these known five has now found its way onto eBay.
It comes with a box and manual – two things usually missing when units have appeared on eBay in the past. The seller claims that the built-in software includes music and drawing programs, an alarm clock and a calculator. Other websites suggest that software for sending e-cards to other user via the system’s infra-red port was included on the test units. Additional software would have come on credit card-style cartridges.
At the time of typing the auction is on €120 ($154.38) attracting one bidder. There’s still 7 days left to go though. We’ll report how much it sold for in our next monthly eBay round-up.