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CeBit: Seiko's latest PDA touchpad has pseudokeyboard

Seiko's latest SmartPad touch and writing pad for PDAs was launched at the CeBit IT show this week, with the addition of a keyboard function.

The SmartPad2e looks a little like the setup of an IBM Transnote, and is a touch-sensitive tablet for use with PDAs running the Palm operating system – Sony's Clie, Handspring's offerings and the trusty Palms themselves.

Seiko's pad captures everything that is written on a notepad placed over its digitiser tablet. The tablet tracks all movement of the pen and transfers the data via infrared or wire connection to the handheld organiser as a graphic file attachment. You even get a special ballpoint pen with a Palm-style stylus on the end.

A special area on the pad for a Qwerty keypad is now added to the product, and may help bridge the gap between drawers, writers and typers.

SmartPad2e saves notes written or typed out on the pad in a format that can be changed in BMP, GIF and EDF file formats. It costs the same as buying a second PDA at £169.95, but these add-ons can be a boon.


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