Data Discman

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The DD8 Data Diskman
The DD8 Data Diskman and packaging
German "Duden" dictionary for the Data Discman, 1992
The DD-10EX exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1995

A Data Discman is an electronic book device introduced in 1992 by Sony Corporation.[1] It was marketed (in the United States) to college students and international travelers, but had little success outside of Japan.[citation needed]

The Data Discman was designed to allow quick access to electronic reference information on a pre-recorded disc. Searching terms were entered using a QWERTY-style keyboard and utilized the "Yes" and "No" keys.[citation needed]

A typical Data Discman model has a low resolution small grayscale LCD, CD drive unit, and a low-power computer. Early versions of the device were incapable of playing audio CDs. Software was prerecorded and usually featured encyclopedias, foreign language dictionaries, novels, and the like.[citation needed]

The All Data Discman model had audio and video output capabilities.[citation needed]

A DD-10EX was included in an exhibition entitled The Book and Beyond: Electronic Publishing and the Art of the Book, held at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, from April to October 1995. The exhibition also included a CD-ROM designed to be played on the Data Discman, entitled The Library of the Future.[2]

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  1. ^ Coburn, M., Burrows, P., Loi, D. & Wilkins, L. (2001). "E-book readers directions in enabling technologies". In Cope, B. & Kalantzis, D. Melbourne. Print and Electronic Text Convergence, Common Ground. pp. 145–182. 
  2. ^ "Text of an exhibition held at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London,". The Book and Beyond: Electronic Publishing and the Art of the Book. 1995. 

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