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2007/125/1 Palm Pilot portable computer, with cradle, plastic / metal / electrical components, made by 3COM Computing, Marlborough, Massachusetts, United States of America, c. 1995. Click to enlarge.

Palm pilot computer

Made
Palm Pilot hand held computers represent a significant area of computing - that of making the personal computer a highly personal object. The way a person uses a computer the size of a large mainframe, or even a desktop computer, is quite different to the way one uses a palm top computer. A palm top is an object that can be carried and used almost anywhere. Thus, the way the user behaves when using it could be quite different to the way one would behave in a plant or office environment. An …

Summary

Object No.

2007/125/1

Object Statement

Palm Pilot portable computer, with cradle, plastic / metal / electrical components, made by 3COM Computing, Marlborough, Massachusetts, United States of America, c. 1995

Physical Description

This Palm Pilot is a small 'notebook' like computer, hand held with a small screen that can be written on with suitable stylus, or have information typed in.

The Palm Pilot has a grey plastic casing printed in white along the top edge "Palm Pilot US Robotics", it has a stylus concealed in a cavity in its right side, its green power switch is on the lower left corner. At the back it has a removable panel covering the circuit boards, and and panel covering the battery cavity, the unit is powered by two AA batteries (batteries removed). The unit can be attached to a Personal Computer via the cradle.

The Cradle for Palm Pilot computer is also of grey plastic and holds the Palm Pilot in an upright position. It has a cable which connects to a desk top or notebook PC. It has metal connectors in the base of the cradle which establish a connection with matching connectors on the Palm Pilot enabling the exchange of data between the Palm Pilot and the PC. It has a download button on the right side.

Dimensions

Height

18 mm

Width

80 mm

Production

Notes

This Palm Pilot was made by the 3COM Computing company, USA, c.1995

History

Notes

This object was offered to the Powerhouse Museum by 3Com Computing in 1999 to be displayed in the Universal Machine exhibition.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Palm Australasia, 2007

Acquisition Date

13 September 2007

Cite this Object

Harvard

Palm pilot computer 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 14 May 2021, <https://ma.as/319295>

Wikipedia

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