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Seiko's New SmartPad II

Techstination feature for Tuesday, May 29, 2001

From pen and paper... straight into your Palm. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bloomberg Bootcamp. Seiko Instruments has updated a device it calls the SmartPad. GM Mike Del Vecchio...

"The original SmartPad, the concept was everything you write on paper can go instantly and directly into your Palm and be stored there. Now you can take that and use it for your own review by calling it up. You can also have it transferred to your PC and work with it from there or you can email it to anybody anywhere in the world. So it's really taking your natural handwritten method of working and incorporating that as a convenient input into the Palm devices."

The problem with the original SmartPad was... it didn't work with the Handspring Visor. SmartPad2 does.

"We also went a few steps further. We thought we could add some significant functionality. Using the digitizing technology that we currently have, we came up with a very simple, yet effective keyboard that is used right on the surface of the product. So we've come up with a solution that greatly enhances consumer let's say ease of use on keyboard entry."

You don't need this kind of device if you use your Palm strictly for storing names, phone numbers and appointments. And attached to a SmartPad... it no longer fits in your pocket. One other drawback... the 200 dollar price... which is actually more than a low end Palm itself. Bootcamp, I'm Fred Fishkin, Bloomberg Radio.