Palm

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A small, electronic organizer first released in 1996 widely credited with launching the whole PDA (personal digital assistant) thing into the mind of the common consumer. Early on, the maker of Pilot Pens threatened to sue over the name, so the machine was rebranded the "Palm Organizer." But, the name had already caught on, and people still call them Palm Pilots.

The Palm Pilot's original strengths were simplicity of design, ease of use, and really good handwriting recognition via a system called Grafitti. It was also really small, but with a readable screen, and ran for weeks on a pair of AAA batteries.

Further discussion of the advantages of electronic PDAs in general can be found at Why a PDA?.

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