[NTLK] Using Newton - Simple Pleasures

Riccardo Mori rick at newted.org
Wed Oct 27 09:21:46 EDT 2010

quoth Bob Adamson:

>  Are we expected to believe people would rather type on a touch screen than write and have their handwriting recognized and turned into text? 

My answer is yes, but wait, here's my theory.

The Newton had the best implementation of HWR in its days. I mean, it was the only device where the act of writing with a stylus on a surface felt really natural, like writing on a paper note-book. But the Newton, sadly, wasn't exactly a success, mostly because of the steep price of entry and because its HWR capability was initially not as effective as later on, and was generally not taken very seriously.

So, what happened? Cheaper devices like Palms grew more popular and so did their sad, poor, counter-intuitive HWR method. I believe that many people tend to remember more the Palm's HWR method rather than the Newton's. No wonder they want to get rid of it. After trying to learn Graffiti (I like to know what I'm criticising), hell, I'd rather type on a virtual keyboard like the iPad's (or even the iPhone's!) any time! :)

My $0.02.


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