P D What? An Introduction to PDAs (personal digital assistants), Palm Pilots, and other handheld computers Megan Fox Web & Electronic Resources Librarian [email protected] JumpStart May 22, 2002 What are PDAs and handheld computers? What are the advantages of a PDA?
PDA: Personal Digital AssistantA small computer that literally fits in the palm of your hand. More limited than a desktop computer, but useful for calendars, address books, and increasingly, other applications
Handheld Computer:term sometimes used interchangeably with PDA, palmtop, or pocket computer; may imply a device in between a laptop and PDA; more memory, more features
The Palm m505
Using the infrared port, can share information with other users, called beaming – no wires, no direct connections
Convenient for sharing business cards or calendar events, trading applications, and more.
Synchronization of your data from the PDA to your desktop. Compares data entered on the PDA and on the desktop and makes one new, complete record of data in both places.
Most often sync through a cradle, which connects through a cable to your desktop computer. Also through a modem (dialup), an Ethernet connection, an IR port
Hot Sync Button
PDA into a projector
Palm Pilot: IIIc, V, VII, m100, m130, m515
Handspring Visor: Pro, Edge, Prism
Compaq iPAQ: H3760, H3870, H3850
Peripherals (modem, memory, expansions cards, etc)
Address Book/Phone Book
Same as for a regular computer – about $10-20/mo
Infrared to Network
Clarinet Systems IrDa Infraredwww.clarinetsystems.com
Offline: Web Clipping
Many Content Conversion/Service
Providers, for example:
NearSpace (http://www.nearspace.com/) and Town Compass (http://www.towncompass.com/) manage event lists, directories, and other handheld application; used by many academic institutions.
address books, calendars, email, calculators, simple word processors (to do lists, memos), spreadsheets
news and events, hours of service, directory information, how-to and instruction guides (including PDA help, location of syncing stations), portable e-books, dictionaries, and similar reference tools, library content
provisions of syllabi and assignments; students take notes while in class and record notes, laboratory data, observations, etc. “in the field”; faculty and students share documents from a networked folder
Hear more tomorrow
10-11 in L-102
Pros: Easy navigation; Palm or Pocket PC look and feel; lots of storage; beamable.
Cons: No desktop synchronization; requires PDA for upload; bulky.
Company: Fossil Phone: 1.800.449.3056
Fossil Wrist PDA
http://www.halfkeyboard.com/order/ of storage; beamable.
Handspring: Treo 180 of storage; beamable. $399 (w/ service activation)