JPEG 2000 is the emerging image compression standard. Part 1 of the standard was approved in January 2001, and software implementations of JPEG 2000 are starting to appear in the industry. JPEG 2000 might rapidly become one of the more commonly used compressed image file formats. What then would be an ideal way to showcase the rich feature set that JPEG 2000 offers? In this paper we describe how JPEG 2000 technology was enabled on a handheld device, including the manner by which it was designed and implemented, the software and hardware tools that were used for the development, the target PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) and operating system, the roadblocks that were encountered along the way and subsequently overcome, and the results and feedback for the completed application, which was demonstrated on the floor at Comdex 2001.