The Dana from AlphaSmart - An Easy, Low Cost Alternative to a LaptopBy James, Abi; Dyslexic.com,
Publication Date: August 2003
Article reviews the Dana from AlphaSmart, which is a laptop alternative that allows the user to compose and edit text, as well as create and edit spreadsheets, graphs, and e-mails. The application also features organizational tools such as a diary, alarm clock, and a to-do list. The Dana is based on the same full-sized keyboard layout as the AlphaSmart 3000, but comes with a larger screen that is raised at a slight angle, making it easy to use on a desk. The device also comes with applications such as QuickOffice Suite, which provides word processing, spreadsheet, and graphing application that are compatible with Microsoft Office. The Dana also comes with Wordsmith, which allows the user to import different fonts, and Palm Reader, which can be used to read electronic books. People with learning disabilities can utilize the Dana’s spell checker and word prediction features, which work in all text documents composed on the device. Instructions for connecting the Dana to a full-sized computer are included.
Assistive Products Discussed: DANA
Published by: Iansyst Technology Services, Ltd. (Website:http://www.iansyst.co.uk)