Handspring Visor deluxe

Handspring was a maker of Palm OS-based Visor- and Treo-branded personal digital assistants. It was run by Jeff Hawkins, Donna Dubinsky, and Ed Colligan, the original inventors of the Palm Pilot and founders of Palm Computing, after they became unhappy with the direction in which 3Com was taking the Palm division. Handspring was founded in June 1998 and merged with Palm, Inc.'s hardware division in 2003 to form palmOne. The Treo 600 was the last product to use the Handspring name.

Handspring Visor
The company launched the Handspring Visor line of products on September 14, 1999. Unlike most products produced by Palm at the time, they used USB to synchronize with the desktop computer and included an expansion port. The USB support made these the first Palm devices to work with the Macintosh operating system out-of-the-box. More liberal in design than the Palm Pilot, the Visor line featured vibrantly colored handhelds focused more towards average people. The expansion port, called the Springboard Expansion Slot, allowed for addition of modules such as games, ebooks, extra memory, universal television remotes, cellular telephones, modems, MP3 players, digital cameras, GPS receivers, and even a device for connecting to an EKG. The display of all Visors measured 2.25 inches square with diagonal span of 3.0 inches.

While the Handspring Visor is out of production and is now considered passé by today's PDA market, the durability of solid state electronics, along with the power and verstility of the Visor series hardware (every model in the line from the start, for example, with a built-in microphone), has sustained a substantial community of fans who continue to use the Visor today. This longevity was assured when the Palm people decided to make their newer operating systems (Palm 4.x and 5.x) backward-compatible with the previous OS (Palm 3.x) which drives the Visor series. Therefore, most of the software that was written for the Visor will also run on the later Palm devices including the new Treos (and vice versa).

There is an immense landscape of software still available, a user community on Yahoo Groups, and a supply of Visor hardware to be had on eBay. The most powerful feature on the Visor is its Springboard Expansion Slot for which a great many modules can still be purchased.

Visor and Visor Deluxe
 
Inside of a VisorHandspring first introduced the Visor Solo, which was black and contained two megabytes of onboard memory. The Visor Deluxe had the option of translucent colored models, and had eight megabytes of onboard memory. The Visor and Visor Deluxe used Palm OS 3.1H running on a 16MHz or 20 MHz 68ez328 Dragonball processor, a modified version of the OS from Palm that included an enhanced datebook, a city time graphical world clock, and an advanced calculator. Unlike the Palm Pilot, the Visor's infrared port was placed on the side of the device to make room for the Springboard. Critics of the device note the lack of rubber between the buttons and metal contacts making the buttons harder to press. There were also complaints that the screen cover was not connected, making it easy to lose, despite its ability to attach onto the back of the Visor exactly as it attached to the front.

Our unit is complete with original box, docking station and installation CD

Thanks to Wikipedia for the information

Manufacturer: Handspring
Date: 14th September 1999

Handspring Visor deluxe Manuals:

Item Manufacturer Date
System/360 Report Program Generator Coding Advisor Guide Supplement IBM
The ICL Atlas 1 Computer and the Atlas Supervisor Operatong and scheduling system Ferranti 1962
Ferranti "The Atlas Supervisor" F February 1962
Ferranti "The Atlas Supervisor" Ferranti February 1962
Ferranti The Intermediate Supervisor Ferranti 12-09-1962
Titan/ Atlas 2 Supervisor Manual Volume 1 Ferranti 1964
Titan/ Atlas 2 Supervisor Manual Volume 1 Ferranti 1964
IBM System/360 Operating System: Supervisor and Data Management Macro Instructions IBM January 1971
IBM System/360 Operating System: Supervisor Services and Macro Instructions IBM March 1972
OS/VS2 System Programming Library: Debugging Handbook Volume 2 IBM December 1978
OS/VS2 System Programming Library: Debugging Handbook Volume 1 IBM April 1984
IBM - MVS/Extended Architecture - Resource Measurement Facility (RMF) - Program Logic Manual - Volume 1 Part 1 IBM July 1985
IBM - MVS/370 - Checkpoint/Restart Supervisor Call Logic IBM December 1985
Cray Research Service Bulletin Cray April 1991

Handspring Visor deluxe Articles:

Item Manufacturer Date
Memories - Memories of a Programmer

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH5781. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

 

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