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Collection: Providing Access to Portable Tools

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AlphaSmart,® an "intelligent" portable keyboard, is a lightweight and inexpensive tool designed primarily for note-taking. It is essentially a full-featured keyboard with pre-installed word processing software, limited memory, and a built-in scrollable display. Text can be entered and edited with preliminary corrections. Different students can store files without interfering with each other's work, or one student can store different files for different subjects. Text can be entered and edited with preliminary corrections, and then transferred to a Macintosh computer or PC  for formatting and printing.  Noteworthy is the ease by which data is transferred to the host computer. The AlphaSmart has an optional industry standard IR(infrared) interface that allows wireless transfer between the AlphaSmart and a computer or printer.

Address: AlphaSmart, Intelligent Peripheral Devices, Inc., 20380 Town Center Lane, Suite 270, Cupertino, CA 95014.

Phone: (408) 252-9400
Fax: (408) 252-9409


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