What happens when you collide a PalmPilot and a portable computer à la TSR-80 Model 100? The Dana of course! This experiment was attempted in 2002 by AlphaSmart. On the paper, this hybrid is quite convincing. A backlit LCD touch-screen with a resolution of 560 x 160 pixel & 16 levels of grey, and a full-sized keyboard are the main selling points. Note that the screen can be used in portrait or landscape mode! The size of the beast is reasonable (4.8 cm × 31.5 cm × 23.6 cm) and weighs less than a kilogram. The rest is to par: 16 MB of RAM, 4 MB of ROM, a Dragonball VZ processor paced at 33 MHz. On the communications side, the Dana has two SD card readers, an infrared interface (IrDA), two USB ports. The Wireless Dana, released a year later, has a Wi-Fi interfaces as well which allows you to browse the Web. The Dana is powered by an Ni-MH battery or three AA batteries for an autonomy up to 25 hours. On top of Palm OS 4.1, the usual suspects are present: Memo Pad, Datebook, Todo, Address Book, and a few system related setup applications (communications, fonts, Graffiti 2, etc.). But the jewel of the crown is the Alphawrite word processor by Wordsmith. This version has been customized to the Dana’s wider screen (~4x of the PalmPilot). This is important to highlight, since at the first glance, one can question the poor use of the screen real estate by the applications. I’ve added few pictures with the PalmPilot as reference. The main issue to me with the Dana is the lack of programming capabilities.