AlphaSmart Extends Palm OS License
AlphaSmart has announced that it has extended the terms of its licensing agreement with PalmSource. The new contract, which gives AlphaSmart the ability to continue to innovate on the Palm OS platform, extends the terms of its original agreement by more than two years, or through December 31, 2008.
“By extending our agreement with PalmSource, AlphaSmart is reaffirming its commitment to the Dana platform,” said Ketan D. Kothari, chairman and chief executive officer of AlphaSmart. “We intend to continue to design and deliver technology solutions that reduce the cost and complexity of computing. In education, Dana adoption is accelerating, and we remain committed to investing in the solutions necessary to make it a preferred choice among educators. In addition, we’re exploring ways to address the growing needs of other professional users who appreciate the simplicity, affordability and wireless capabilities of the Dana platform.”
Dana by AlphaSmart is a Palm Powered laptop alternative that we believe combines the convenience and affordability of a handheld with functionality comparable to a notebook computer. Each ultra-lightweight Dana features an integrated full-size keyboard with touch screen display that is 3.5 times wider than a typical handheld and can deliver more than 25 hours of battery life between charges. The wireless model, Dana Wireless, enables Wi-Fi (802.11b) connectivity in the classroom, on campus, at the office or at thousands of public HotSpots, enabling email, Web browsing and instant messaging.
“The need for affordable technology solutions in the education market has never been greater, and we’re pleased that Dana will continue to inspire educators and students for many years to come,” said Dave Nagel, president & chief executive officer of PalmSource. “We’re proud of the many contributions the platform has made within the classroom, and look forward to watching it evolve to reach new customers as well.”
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