• FA-112004 © Technisches Museum Wien, Photo: Peter Sedlaczek
Collection Area
Information & Communication
Data Processing
1990 - 1999
At the moment this object is not published in the museum.

Atari Portfolio Pocket PC

Atari, 1990


Pocket PC

In the 1990s, Personal Computers are becoming increasingly compact. Laptops are based on the size of a briefcase, PDAs on the size of a coat pocket.

The miniaturisation of the computer continues and new device types emerge. While conventional personal computers are designed as fixed desktops, laptops can be taken along everywhere like a type of electronic briefcase. Even smaller devices, hand-sized PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants) or pocket PCs, are developed from programmable calculators. They offer a touchscreen, via which the user can operate the tiny keys using a steel pen. Apart from the address book and calendar functions previously also offered by organisers, these wallet-sized computers have software for word processing and spreadsheet calculations at their disposal and can play back audio and video files; additional software can be installed subsequently. A mobile phone can be used to connect these handy devices to the Internet. Along with an external or integrated GPS receiver, the PDA can also be used as route planner.

Inv.Nr. 54319/1
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