Taking (Digital) Pen in Hand

Clipboard computers will be the hottest item since laptops

For a field that thrives on breakneck innovation, the personal-computer industry has not come up with a lot of fresh ideas of late. Since the introduction of the desktop computer in 1977, the laptop computer in 1983 and the Macintosh in 1984, there have been quite a few additional improvements but precious little that has been truly new and different. Progress, as they say in the business, has been evolutionary, not revolutionary.

That is why a product introduction scheduled to take place this week in San Francisco has sparked so much interest. After nearly 3 1/2 years of top-secret development, a...

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