Toshiba to Market 'GENIO,' a Pocket Size Mobile Communicator with WWW and High-Speed PHS Communication Capabilities|
27 February, 1997
TOKYO--Toshiba Corporation today announced the GENIO PCV100, a pocket-size mobile communicator with built-in Personal Handyphone System (PHS), which provides users with easy access to the World Wide Web (WWW), a mobile telephone, and high-speed data-access functions. GENIO is the world's first pocket communicator with built-in PHS to provide a WWW browsing function. Sales in Japan will commence on April 25 this year. (*)
The GENIO (Italian for genius) also provides 2 megabytes of memory in the form of a SmartMedia memory card (option) only the size of a postage stamp. Smart Media cards with a capacity of 4 and 8 megabytes will also be available in the future.
The pen-based convenience, ease of use, and very wide range of PIM and communication functions provided by GENIO in such a small package promise to significantly expand the market for personal digital assistants, particularly to a generation of Japanese young people already convinced of the advantages of electronic paging and messaging. The rechargeable lithium ion battery, when fully charged, provides up to 150 minutes of continuous on-line communications, up to 200 hours call waiting, and up to 60 hours of continuous off-line editing. These are ample for the innovative uses that young people are expected to find for GENIO.
The new unit will be demonstrated at Tomorrow 21, the exhibition of Toshiba technologies to be held in Tokyo from March 4 through 9.
Data is easily transferred between the GENIO PCV100 and a desktop computer, either by direct connection using an RS-232C interface or via an infrared communications port, using DataLink software. An evaluation version of compatible PIM software for Windows 95 will be available for downloading from the new GENIO home page at Toshiba's corporate website (URL http://www2.toshiba.co.jp/genio/), once sales begin.
Directory: Up to 24 categories of data can be stored for each entry, including name and address, telephone numbers for voice, fax, pager and PHS numbers, and electronic mail addresses, with automatic linkage to the appropriate dialer functions.
Scheduler: This provides convenient integrated management of hourly and daily schedules and "to do" lists with a generous 256 characters available per entry.
Hand-Written Notes: Penned notes can be attached to both scheduler and address entries. Four or 12 such notes can be displayed at a time and checked for further action or deletion.
Text Notes: Text can be readily entered and edited for fax or electronic mail transmission, and cut-and-paste is possible between messages for resending or storage.
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