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    Friday, October 15th : Ricoh RDC i-700 received
    Device securised this morning! No page for it yet; will be one some day.

    Wednesday, September 15th : Sharp MI-10 added
    Created a page for the Sharp MI-10 i've received.

    Friday, July 23rd : new homepage, new machines listed
    My collection reached 49 units yesterday as i've received 2 new watches. Added them to the list (no pages yet) and changed the homepage to a weblog format.

    This feature will soon be available

    Sony Magic Link PIC-1000
    I'm sorry, but I will not reply to user manual requests or to dealer location inquiries anymore.

    Please read my FAQ page that might help you if you have any of these questions in mind.
    Feel free to contact me for any other question or comment regarding this machine!

    The PIC-1000 "Personal Intelligent Communicator"

    Special features :
    - Magic Cap OS
    - Very high quality!
    Weak points :
    - It's huge!

    Related machines in my collection :
    First generation PDAs :
    Apple Newton Message Pad 110
    HP OMNIGO 100
    Casio Z-7000 ZOOMER
    Kyocera Refalo KX1601
    Handheld generation PDAs :
    Casio EM-500
    Casio PV-200
    Communicator PDAs :
    Nokia 9110 Communicator
    Sharp MCG-1 Communicator

    A Casio device with a Magic Cap inspiration :
    Casio NX-6000 PLANEO

    Years before Sony "entered" the PDA market with the Clié family of products, they released the Magic Link devices as an Apple Newton competitor.
    The feeling, back then, was that the PDA market would soon explode, and a war for the best PDA OS was engaged. Apple had Newton OS, microsoft introduced the obscure "Windows for pen computing" and a company named "General Magic" created Magic Cap.
    This is this Magic Cap OS that was chosen to power the Magic Link units from Sony.
    The unit in itself is an impressive piece of equipment : complete with a large set of connectors, it was mainly design as a mobile communicator, to which an optionnal cellphone module could be attached.
    With the wide 16 grey screen running the "massively graphical" Magic Cap OS, using the Magic Link is a real pleasure.
    Using the built in telephone port, the device can turn into a handfree telephone, which, if not very useful in most cases, is still a cool gadget!
    Now, although the OS is fast enough, very easy to use, and ready for network operations, the unit is now too dated to be exactly useful. First of all, the screen itself is bigger than a Palm (or Clié) device! Then of course; the device is ever bigger, although not too heavy. Then again, the virtual keyboard, appearing as the only text input system, cannot compete with a Graffiti system.
    The machine still remains a brilliant creation, and owes a lot to the Magic Cap OS!

    Processor : 16Mz Motorola Dragon 68349 OS : Magic Link
    RAM : 512 KB ROM : 4 MB
    Graphic display : 480x320 Text display : variable fonts
    Display : 16 grey Input : Stylus/Finger

    Built-in Applications :
    Magic Cap OS, including spreadsheet utility, calculator, notepad, sketchbook, calendar apps, contact list, scheduler, eMail...

    Open to other applications : Through PC-Cards/(Downloads?)
    Ports :
    - One PC-Card port
    - One IR port
    - One telephone port
    - One "telecom" port
    - One "magic port"
    - DC Power supply plug

    Here's an interesting link to a Magic-Cap history. This is how the OS used in the device came into existence, and how it also faded into oblivion quite soon after. The story is told from an insider's view in a diary form, and i quite worth reading. Check it here : http://www.fadell.com/fadellvs2/At_Work/Articles/OEM/O.E.M._Text/o.e.m._text.html