PC Card Computers w/Displays

Rohit Khare (khare@mci.net)
Tue, 05 Aug 1997 16:36:03 -0400

Adam and I saw an early edition of one of these in Akihabra in Tokyo. A
Type III size card that folds out into a display and keypad for navigating
stored text pages. This seems to be a graphic version. From this week's RCFoC:

You gotta go to the NYT to see the pictures of REX. Cute!


Helen Keller once said, "A truly pathetic person is a person with site and
no vision." That's a quote, according to the July 28 New York Times
(http://www.nytimes.com/library/cyber/week/072897kahn.html), that adorns
Philippe Kahn's office and helped him to bring his latest vision,
information ever-closer to your fingertips, to fruition.

It's a $100, 1.4 ounce PC Card with a high-definition display on its side
that stores thousands of names, address, and schedule items in your shirt
pocket (and synchronizes with your PC's schedule by plugging into a
notebook). Philippe was not content with the heavier, larger organizers on
the market (even though his company, StarFish Software, provides software
for some of them), so he spent several years searching out a manufacturing
partner that could bring his vision into reality. The result is the "REX"
organizer now in production by Citizen, expected to hit the streets in
mid-August through Franklin Electronic Publishers. Three years ago I
suspect that people laughed at Philippe's vision, calling it "unrealistic."
Today, it's real.

I believe that's its just that type of vision, of knowing what's out there
today, where things may be going, and then stretching to get from here to
there, that makes many of the advances that we see in the high tech
industry actually happen. Which is why I'm pleased to bring you some
"stretching" insights into our industry's future -- the second half of
CBR's "Digital Visions." (Part I, if you missed it, is available at

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