DOI'S NEWTON INFO PAGE
BA297D - Professor BesserFall 1996
Impact of Multimedia
The Newton debuted in 1993 and quickly embarrassed Apple with its technological shortcomings. The PDA went from being the device that would revolutionize mobile computing to the object of ridicule by Doonesbury, particularly for its sometimes fanciful handwriting recognition mistakes. The fanfare quickly died down, but Apple continued to invest in the technology. Now, with the imminent release of the Newton 2000, the question remains -- has the technology caught up with the vision? What are the requirements for PDAs to be accepted by the mainstream? These are some of questions that my paper addresses.
There are many options on the market today, including offerings from Motorola, Apple, Hewlett-Packard, US Robotics, Symbol, Telxon, Fujitsu, Norand, Sharp, Psion, and Sony. US Robotics Pilot is probably the best known of its competitors by taking the small size, fewer bells and whistles route. Despite its success, the Newton is still the market leader with 75% of the rather loosely defined PDA market. Here is a feature comparison of the Newton 130 and 2000 to the MagicLink, WinCE, Pilot 5000 -- slightly biased, but useful.
Proposed outline of my paper:
II. First a Little History
III. Newtons Creat a Niche....
IV. ...While Still Hoping for the Mass Market
V. Review of Technology Requirements
VI. Next Stages Towards Gaining Widespread Acceptance
Go to my term paper
Research from MELVYL, the UC system search engine:
Searching under "PD A" brought up 345 citations on the UC system
Listing of citations 1 to 50
PDA Industry Association
SF Business Times Article
The ULITMATE Newton Webpage
Peter Folkesson's Newton PDA Page
Newton Evangelist - a self-proclaimed Evangelist's labor of love
Innovative Users:< /FONT>
Newton Medical Web Source
Bernea Food Serv ice - using a Mac client/server network, Newton130s, and belt mounted printers on drivers, Berner devised a regrigerated/frozen route management system.
Other Sites of Interest:
World of Newton - from its creator Apple Computer
PDA Survey - Over 100 users worldwide responded to this survey on PDA Use
Newton Misspellings Page
This site is under construction. Last updated 12/1/96.