After watching a 45 minute long Palm Pre demo video from Myriam over at tnkgrl, an interesting tidbit slipped out from a marketing manager at Palm.
"The Touchstone is the name of a entire line of products. This is the first Touchtone product in that family. This is the charging dock."
What other Touchstone accessories can we be looking forward to here? First off, I'm thinking there must be more features to the "Palm Pre Touchstone back cover" than just for charging. As of now, we know that the Touchstone back cover has these magnets that hold the Pre in place and align it with the Touchstone for charging. The only other features it might hold is the ability to send and receive data with inductive coupling technology via the Touchstone back cover. If this is true, it's definitely going to open up a world of new possibilities for hardware and accessories. Hmm, I wonder what else they're hiding...
Here're a few accessories/things I can think of right now:
1) You know those stereo speakers where you plug the iPod/iPhone in and leave it there? For the Pre, you just leave it on top of these made for pre stereo speakers.
2) Touchstone USB dock, where you have this Touchstone charging dock lookalike. And basically have it plugged into your computer's usb hub which acts as the connection between the Pre and your PC.
3) Have your Pre touch back to back with another pre, where it will transfer contact info and other data.
4) Walk into a Sprint store and place your Pre on this table, where it will give the Sprint reps some useful info to help better serve you.
Let your imagination run wild!
[Thanks, Anonymous tipster]