Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

AlphaSmart Introduces Palm OS-Based Laptop Alternative

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

AlphaSmart Introduces Palm OS-Based Laptop Alternative

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AlphaSmart Inc. has unveiled a portable computing solution for the education market that is an affordable alternative to laptops. Called the Dana, the 2 lb. device is powered by Palm OS, and features a full-size, integrated keyboard and touch screen. The Dana's rugged, lightweight design and long battery life make it versatile enough for students to use in the classroom, on a field trip, at home, as well as for quizzes and note taking. The device is designed with a high degree of flexibility, allowing students to use a keyboard or stylus interchangeably. In addition, the WritePad for Graffiti entry can be configured for right- or left-handed users.

Measuring 12" x 9" x 1", Dana is loaded with 8 MB of memory. It offers users an advanced LCD screen with backlighting--560 x 160 pixels in horizontal viewing mode and 160 x 560 pixels in vertical viewing mode. Dana also has two expansion slots for adding memory, as well as SD or MultiMediaCard peripherals. In addition, students can use the device to print their work directly to a USB or an IrDA-enabled printer, synchronize information with another user's PC or Mac through a standard USB cable, or beam information to and from other infrared-enabled devices. …

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