Sharp's Newton ExpertPad
Models: original (PI-7000) and upgraded (PI-7100)

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     The Sharp ExpertPad (EP) was introduced alongside the Original MessagePad (OMP) in 1993 with much fanfare at Boston's MacWorld Expo. The ExpertPad showed Apple's commitment to licensing Newton technology from the start (unlike Macintosh, which took Apple ten years before they decided to license it). The EP was the same device in a different case -- a more rectangular case with a screen covering lid that had a right side-mounted hinge and internal pen cradle. The first ExpertPad was called the PI-7000 and used the same OS as the OMP which were versions 1.0-1.11. When the much nicer OS version 1.3 became available on Apple's MessagePad 100 (MP100) Sharp responded to consumer demand and offered upgrades and the new model was called the PI-7100. Sharp had expected sales in the millions by the first year yet only sold some 10,000 or so. Of those people that purchased the first generation of Newtons (~60,000 shipped), most consumers purchased the Apple brand model (the 'real' newton) and avoided the 'clone.' The case for the ExpertPad is arguably nicer than that of the MessagePad. Although it did not have the nice rubberized 'skin' the Apple units had. It had a flat stylus (stored on the side of the screen) that was called a carpenter's pen. Sharp Electronics discontinued manufactering its ExpertPads as well as the Apple models in late 1994. It had expected to make millions in the first year and quietly exited the Newton world due to the poor sales of Newtons in general and ExpertPads specfically.

Product Specifications Announcement (1993)

  The Sharp ExpertPad is the first in a family of communications assistants from Sharp. By combining Apple's Newton Intelligence technology with sophisticated communications capabilities, the ExpertPad helps you stay in touch with friends and colleagues, organize your life, and keep track of your ideas. You can take notes. Make a quick sketch. Format and print letters. Share and synchronize information with your personal computer. Send a fax. Receive pages and messages. Tap into on-line services or electronic mail. Even exchange business cards with a colleague via built-in infrared technology. And wherever you go, the powerful, under-one-pound personal digital assistant goes too, tucked in your pocket or briefcase. Almost as easy to use as pencil and paper, the ExpertPad lets you leave your notes handwritten or reads your handwriting and transforms it into typed text. If you prefer, you can type words using an on-screen keyboard. It even cleans up your rough sketches. And as time goes by, it learns about you, your handwriting, and the way you work.


Built-in applications

Communications capabilities

Intelligent assistance

Technical Specifications

Newton Intelligence

Newton Recognition Architecture

Newton Information Architecture

Newton Communications Architecture -- Provides single interface for all communication services

Intelligent Assistance Architecture

Newton Hardware Architecture

Communications capabilities

Size and weight

Operating environment

Power requirements

Power adapter

Battery type: alkaline or nickel-cadmium

Lithium cell: CR2032

Power source

System requirements

Printer support

Fax machine support