Microsoft isn't discussing its Origami Project, but more details have emerged from other sources.

Numerous reports claim Origami to be a portable media player of some kind.

Microsoft said it doesn't plan to make an official announcement about Origami this week, but will share more information in the coming weeks.

The company did confirm that more information about the project will appear online on Thursday, but no official public news is planned.

Origami - a media player?

However, blogs that watch the company continue to publish what they say are more details about the project. Origami is a portable media player device with a touchscreen that looks like something between a PDA (personal digital assistant) and a Tablet PC, bloggers said.

The Unofficial Microsoft Weblog even posted still photographs from a video of Origami on its site. The video came from the site of an advertising firm, DigitalKitchen, according to the blog.

Microsoft confirmed the validity of the video on Monday, and said that it represents "our initial exploration into this form factor, including possible uses and scenarios." However, the video clip is no longer available.

The photographs from the DigitalKitchen video show a handheld device that looks like a digital version of an Etch-a-Sketch toy.

Computer or media centre?

According to Engadget, Origami is a portable media player that also includes a keyboard and a stylus. The presence of those two features was puzzling to Ryan Block, Engadget's managing editor, who noted in a blog posting that Microsoft's Portable Media Center OS - which already runs a host of portable media player devices from Microsoft's third-party consumer electronics partners - does not currently have support for touchscreen and keyboard input.

Microsoft executive and blogger Richard Scoble so far has been the only person at Microsoft to acknowledge that Origami is indeed a handheld device, calling Origami a low-cost, portable device developed by a team at Microsoft headed by Otto Berkes, who had previously worked on the Xbox.