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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

    Psion Organiser
    PDA - Personnal Digital Assistant
    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!

    Special features :
    details to come

    Weak points :
    details to come

    Related machines in my collection :
    Evolved PDA from Psion :
    Psion series 3

    Once upon a time, when carrying around a cellphone and a MP3 player was still considered Science Fiction, there was a PDA breed that, instead of saying "a Palm", people used to name "a Psion"...
    Years before that era, that PDA breed was silently maturing, far from a wide audience's eyes. They were already Psions, but you might think of them as Psionosaurs...
    Enough with the fairy tale! What we have here on this page is the first Psion PDA! That era when people used to say "a Psion" as they do now (still true in 2006) say "a Palm" to name PDAs came with the worldwide success of the Psion Series 3, but for the series 3 to exist, models 1 and 2 had to be released first!
    Models 1 and 2 were not named "Series 1 & 2", but in a much simpler manner "organiser" and "organiser II". At the time, the name "PDA" was not popular (might even have been invented later) and this kind of machines were named "data banks", "electronic diaries" or "organisers".
    I have very few information as how the Organiser I did on the market, but the Organiser II was successful enough to gain Psion some popularity; which turned into a worldwide success story when the much more advanced series 3 was released.

    Even if the organiser and organiser II may look simple, they were powerful and ahead of their time. Among their interesting features was the ability to add new programs and functions by plugging ROM cartridges in the back of the devices.
    The organisers then became much more than just "data banks" and were seen much more like portable computers. They could also turn into professionnal tools, with specifically developped cartridges and programs.
    The Psion series 3 included a programming language, and i have to check if this feature was already available on the organiser I and/or II. Maybe it was on the organiser II, as i remember that, as a teenager, i had an interest in the device (which seems to indicate it could be programmed!). There was one major drawback, though : they oddly shaped keyboard was alphabetic... It made perfect sense, as the machine was aimed at "ordinary" people that were not used to computer keyboards (computer keyboards were NOT as ubiquitous as in the 21st century back then!), but made it awkward to use to the others...

    Processor : ?? OS : proprietary
    RAM : ?? ROM : ??
    Graphic display : ?? Text display : 1 line
    Display : B&W Input :Keyboard

    Built-in Applications :
    Details to come

    Open to other applications : Through ROM cartridges?
    Ports :
    Details to come