It is unlikely this is the start of a craze for transparent hardware among all computer manufacturers, however. It has for a while been rumoured that Palm is working with Apple on producing an Apple PDA.
The new design could be an effort to steal some of the thunder from a start-up company called Hanspring, created by Palm co-founders, Donna Dubinsky and Jeff Hawkins, which is believed to be close to producing a low-cost device based largely on Palm technology.
This design will also probably be anti-climax for those hoping for an iMac PDA. For that revolution in hand-held computing, consumers will have to wait a little longer, or go to ZDNet's own Apple PDA design.
The new Palm, code-named The Graduate, will cost around $229.