Dana Wireless Now Available
AlphaSmart has announced that the Dana wireless is now available. The new model of the wide screen Palm OS laptop alternative Dana offers built-in Wi-Fi (802.11b), updated software and an enhanced display.
Dana Wireless is a two-pound, highly durable laptop alternative powered by Palm OS with a large screen and integrated full-size keyboard, which consumers can use to access e-mail and the Internet wirelessly. In addition, the combination of Palm OS and its rugged mobility makes Dana relevant not only to K-12 and higher education students and teachers, but also to a diverse set of mobile professionals whose field responsibilities take them out of the office.
In addition to internal Wi-Fi, Dana Wireless also includes some other new features, the 560 by 160 pixel screen can now support 16 shades of grayscale, and the unit will get a memory boost to 16mb of RAM. The backlit, monochrome screen is 3.5 times wider than what's on the typical Palm OS handheld. The screen image can be rotated both horizontally and vertically.
The Dana has two MMC/SD slots for memory and peripherals, a USB port for modems and printers and an IR port. It is 12.4 inches wide, 9.3 inches deep and 1.9 inches thick. It is made of strong ABS polycarbonate plastic and has been designed to survive being mistreated. AlphaSmart has added additional SDIO support and several drivers for USB modems have been built in. Also included is a new version of PrintBoy and an updated spell checker.
Dana Wireless also will include AlphaSmart's Internet Solutions Pack, which includes the widescreen DanaWeb browser, Mark/Space Mail e-mail client, and a three-month trial subscription to VeriChat, a widescreen instant messaging (IM) client.
The Dana Wireless is avilable for order from AlphaSmart for $429. The non-wireless version also sells for $379.
"PalmSource supports the innovative solutions being created by AlphaSmart, whose cost-effective mobile solutions are extending the use of exciting technology to educators and students," said David Nagel, president and CEO of PalmSource, Inc. "The emergence of the new Dana demonstrates the momentum of the Palm OS and Wi-Fi environment."
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