The PalmPilot doesn’t seem to get a lot of retrocomputing love, but maybe it should. After all, it may not have been the very first handheld device, but it was probably the most successful, and it eventually ushered in the smartphone era. Whether you miss your old Palm applications, or never got to experience them the first time, fear not. You can now relive them in all their glory in your browser thanks to the Internet Archive project.
There are over 500 applications and games that all run in a browser-based emulator. Some of the programs don’t seem to work well, and some don’t make sense in the context of a virtual environment. But many work fine, and if you want the classic apps, just open anything and hit the home button. If you want a review of the Palm IIIe PDA from 1999, check it out [VWestlife’s] video, below.
The Grafitti handwriting recognition system was state-of-the-art for the day. The key was that the system could more easily recognize printing if it was mostly single strokes that always worked the same way. For example, “A” had no cross bar and “F” was missing the bottom horizontal line. As much as possible you make letters with a single stroke and there was only one way to form each letter. Good times!
What was high technology at the time, you can now build out of spare parts. If you happen to have a Palm, consider giving it some much-needed backlighting.
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