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Part I: This Is Your PalmPilot Speaking > Typing Without a Keyboard

Chapter 3. Typing Without a Keyboard

The PalmPilot's creators had their first design meetings at a particularly useful point in history—after the debut of the Apple Newton. The Newton was a much larger, much heavier, much more expensive machine, but it, too, lacked a built-in keyboard. To input text, you were supposed to write on its glass screen, just as with the PalmPilot. The Newton was designed to recognize your handwriting and convert it into neatly typed, editable text.

Unfortunately, the original Newton's fledgling handwriting-recognition skills wound up serving as Doonesbury comic-strip fodder. (Man writes: "Does this work?" Newton transcribes his scrawl: "Egg freckles?") There are simply too many different writing styles for one handheld computer to understand.


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