Computers are the guides to the Information Age. Over the years, they have assumed the role as administrators of data. People depend these appliances to dispense the information that runs their lives. They need it right away, right here, right now. Constant access to computers equals constant access to knowledge. As a result, these devices to go wherever people go. PDAs are the solution to this vision of ubiquitous computing.
These devices represent a new step in computer technology. On paper, their specifications are impressive. They are often equipped with RISC microprocessors and sophisticated touchscreens. PDAs arm themselves with software for personal information management, spreadsheets, databases, and more. These devices also possess various expandability and communications options. And, they are small enough to fit in an human hand.
However, they still need to mature, evolve, and solve basic problems of function, hardware, input, and connectivity. Strikingly new technology has usually required a gradual and tulmultous growth curve before being accepted by the general public. PDAs are no different. But, eventually, they will fulfill their original purpose of being "all-knowing" and "all-doing" devices.