Key Dates 1988-1993 Pen Computers at the height of development Target audience was the general consumer; hoped to replace the keyboard (Walker, 2001) Product did not achieve much traction June 2000, Microsoft reintroduced the Tablet PC (Walker, 2001)
Initial goal was to replace keyboards (Walker, 2001) Laptop hardware had improved enough to allow for tablet PCs Goal was to improve productivity of workers Additionally to “replace pads of paper you see in meeting rooms all over the world” (Walker, 2001) Using laptop in a meeting can be rude Tablet PCs take away the need to focus on the computer and allow the user to focus on the meeting
Research began in 1999 Key People: Chuck Thacker Jeff Raikes Based on earlier attempts at creating the Pen Computer Microsoft worked with several hardware companies to produce the computer
Major Problems Improving handwriting recognition Making it work with every Microsoft application and then some Making it part of the Operating System as opposed to an add on
Target Audience was the “knowledge warrior” (Walker, 2001) Goal was to replace pads of paper with user friendly laptops Audience began to shift to education and healthcare as well
1989-GridPad1991- NCR 3125 Pen Computer 1993 IBM Thinkpad 2001 First Tablet PC introduced
Adoption of PCs into the classroom Beginning of the use PDAs in the classroom Transition to Tablet PCs
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