AlphaSmart Licenses Palm OS
AlphaSmart, Inc., a developer of low-cost computers for education, has licensed the Palm OS platform. The company will be introducing Palm-based products in the future for high schools, community colleges, and universities.
They are the developer of the AlphaSmart 3000, a low-cost, portable computer used by millions of students in the United States and throughout the world. The PalmOS-based products the company will be creating won't replace the AlphaSmart 3000; instead the two will work together, with the PalmOS products typically costing more than the current ones.
"Palm's strategy is to license the Palm OS technology to market leaders, such as AlphaSmart, who can use the power and flexibility of the Palm OS platform to benefit their markets,'' said Gina Clark, vice president of platform marketing at Palm. "As the leading handheld OS provider, Palm is dedicated to innovating and moving forward the Palm OS platform, adding new technologies and capabilities, and helping licensees such as AlphaSmart bring to life their creative solutions.''
"AlphaSmart and Palm share a commitment to provide the education marketplace with affordable computing solutions that make it easier to learn and to teach basic skills,'' said Manish Kothari, AlphaSmart chief marketing officer. "While the AlphaSmart 3000 is highly successful in a wide range of applications in education, there are specific segments with differentrequirements. We see the Palm OS platform as the technology of choice to meet the needs of these new customers.''
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