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Microwriter AgendA

Released 1989

One of the first examples of the type of device that would later become known as a PDA, the AgendA was equipped with 32K RAM, a 4-line LCD display, a series of built-in applications (wordprocessor, database, calculator, to-do list, organiser, and alarm), and programming language called ABC (a Pascal/BASIC hybrid). In addition to the conventional keyboard, the 5 keys on the top right of the device allow an alternative, one-handed input mechanism termed chording (on the basis that it allows entry of different characters by pressing key combinations like chords on a piano); a method dating back to the original Microwriter device from the early 80s. The AgendA was the recipient of the 1990 British Design Award.

Donated/on loan from: Mr Mike Phillips, Plymouth University

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Microwriter AgendA

Microwriter AgendA

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