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Psion


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(established 1980)

Founded by David Potter, this innovative British company established a reputation for small‐scale computers with a particular focus on electronic personal organizers and information systems, replacing the ubiquitous ‘designer’ fashion Filofax paper‐based organizers that became so popular in the 1980s. Psion products were included in the Millennium Products selected by a panel of experts on behalf of the Design Council to represent the best of British design for the year 2000 promoted abroad by the British Council and the Design Council itself. The company's first electronic product was the Organizer (1984) but its reputation was more firmly established with the introduction of its Palmtop series, which heralded a very real reduction in size, as the name implied. By the time of the Palmtop Series 5 (1997) sophisticated miniaturized electronic systems had been set in place, including a touch type keyboard, a touch sensitive screen, and communication via mobile phone.

Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.


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