Handspring ships one millionth Visor

Handspring Inc. announced Wednesday it shipped its one millionth Visor PDA. To celebrate, the company is going to offer up the unit, a Visor Prism, and the first hotly anticipated VisorPhone module on eBay.

The Visor Prism and VisorPhone are signed by Handspring Chief Product Officer Jeff Hawkins, who is often referred to as the father of the PDA for inventing the PalmPilot in 1994. All procedes of the auction will go to benefit the Special Olympics of Northern California. Read more on the story, at ZDNet.

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It's going for $3,750.00 so far

I.M. Anonymous @ 12/7/2000 6:18:53 AM #
"The 1st Handspring VisorPhone & millionth Visor! is currently available on Ebay for $3,750.00 with 44 Bids as of December 7, 2000 6:14am EST. Both items will be autographed by founder and inventor of the handheld computer, Jeff Hawkins, and will be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. The auction ends Dec-11-00 10:52:03 PST http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1200999275"

Posting Anonymous

I.M. Anonymous @ 12/7/2000 6:41:06 AM #
Sorry about the last posting, I didn't add my name, Carl Brooks. I know people don't like the Anonymous comments. Anyway, The price is the same. I have a daily log of Palm PDA related info at http://www.nporta.com/bizlog/view.asp?bizlogid=43


P.S. ED I cannot comment to a posting when I am logged into the site with my ID:godschoice. Please check it.

its kinda funny to me anyway...

I.M. Anonymous @ 12/7/2000 8:08:12 AM #
people always talk about the "early models" being buggy or something (the prism had those types of problems). this auction offers the "first production model of the visorphone", who would want to take on that level of buggy-ness?

Father of the PDA?

I.M. Anonymous @ 12/7/2000 8:20:23 AM #
I've been a fan of Mr. Hawkins since before his Pilot days and I've owned a Pilot/Palm Pilot/Palm since the first 1000 hit the shelves. But I can't see why anyone would credit Jeff Hawkins as the "father of the PDA."

It's absolutely true that he designed an inexpensive, very usuable machine that brought great functionality and large sales, but does no one recall the Newton? Heck, there were plenty of versions of the Sharp organizers that would easily fit under the PDA umbrella.

Calling Hawkins the father of the PDA is like saying e-Machines is the father of the computer.


RE: Father of the PDA?
I.M. Anonymous @ 12/7/2000 9:58:48 AM #
And let's not forget the HP95/100/200LX series.

RE: Father of the PDA?
maven @ 12/7/2000 11:29:55 AM #
Maybe the words "first practical" and "first successful" should have been included in the description, but I think he deserves the title since he was the person to truly understand what people wanted in a PDA. The other devices mentioned could be technically classified as "Organizers" or "Pocket PCs" or "Advanced Calculators"

The Newton was a PDA, but it didn't capture the market share because it missed the important points of a successful PDA. Websters: PDA (n): Personal Digital Asasistant. see "PalmPilot"



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