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SHARP DEBUTS NEXT-GENERATION ELECTRONIC ORGANIZER WITH GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE

 SHARP DEBUTS NEXT-GENERATION ELECTRONIC ORGANIZER
 WITH GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE
 NEW YORK, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- A next-generation Wizard(R) electronic organizer incorporating a graphical user interface has been introduced by Sharp Electronics Corporation. The new OZ-9600 Wizard combines touch-screen, pen input technology, a totally new, advanced graphical environment for ease-of-use, an integrated filing system and a variety of personal productivity applications.
 "The technologies in the OZ-9600 will continue to position Sharp as a technology leader among next generation personal information tools," says Paul Allan, vice president, Sharp Wizard Division.
 A large 320 by 240 pixel resolution LCD touch-screen and a spacious, typewriter-style QWERTY keyboard (about 75 percent the size of a standard keyboard) allow information to be conveniently and quickly entered into the OZ-9600's 256KB memory. Data from the internal memory can be retrieved by simply touching the display with the pen input stylus, a finger or the back of a pen.
 Personal productivity applications include a calendar, schedule, user file, anniversary function, to do list, three telephone directories, business card directory, word processor, outline processor, scrapbook, calculator, home and world clocks and a secret function.
 The unit's graphical user interface, designed specifically for the OZ-9600, includes icon buttons, screen-based icons, pull-down menus and copy and paste capabilities. Functions such as calculator and clock feature working pop-up images of these items and are accessible during any application.
 "People work with handwritten notes and pieces of information, not computer files," notes Allan. "The operating system and graphical user interface of the OZ-9600 is designed to quickly and efficiently access such pieces of information."
 A convenient notebook function is designed to handle basic word processing applications, such as producing letter-size correspondence and other documents.
 Unlike notebook computers, the OZ-9600 Wizard offers 80 hours of battery life (about 2 1/2 months) from four conventional AAA batteries, and can be carried almost anywhere.
 "Seventy percent of notebook computers are used solely for word processing," notes Allan. "The OZ-9600 can effectively take the place of a notebook computer for basic applications like letter writing, where a bulky computer with a limited battery life doesn't make sense."
 Notebook function text styles include bold, italics, underline and plain. Page formatting features include indents, margins, tabs and print preview, which displays a page layout of text on a document before printing. Completed documents can be printed out directly to a PC- compatible printer using an infrared adapter.
 An electronic scrapbook function allows users to draw images on the touch screen. This enables hand-written words, maps, diagrams and sketches to be captured and saved as entries by simply writing in "electronic ink" directly on the screen with the Wizard pen or a finger.
 Ideal for jotting down quick notes during a phone call or a meeting, these electronic versions of yellow Post it(R) notes can then be reduced in a window. This allows the user to enter the information from the window into the appropriate function (e.g. telephone number into telephone database). They can then be quickly deleted or stored as discrete entries.
 Scanned images or other Scrapbook entries can also be attached to Telephone and User File entries, enabling Telephone entries, for example, to have portraits or maps attached to them.
 A unique Filer system of files and folders allows users to categorize and group related information by subject. Resembling an open drawer of a file cabinet, the Filer function allows any type of data, such as telephone numbers, appointments, notes or scrapbook entries, to be accessed through a single file folder bearing the name of the subject. A project or client folder entitled "Sales Meeting," for example, might contain appointments scheduled with vendors, RSVP lists, telephone numbers of attendees and a list of tasks to do.
 A wireless communications function uses infrared technology to allow data on the Wizard screen or complete files to be bi-directionally transferred between Wizard OZ-9600 units. Cable-free data exchange of business cards, handwritten entries and other files, for example, can be exchanged via this wireless link and shared among groups of electronic organizers. Data received from another OZ-9600 is automatically filed in an "In" file for easy reference by the user.
 An optional wireless adapter allows Wizard information to be printed on a standard PC printer or transferred to a PC or Macintosh(R) computer using Organizer Link software, which will be available in the first half of 1993.
 When coupled with a Sharp Wizard modem accessory (model No. CE- 350X), the OZ-9600 can communicate with remote mainframes and personal computers using built-in terminal mode software that provides both ASCII TTY and VT-100 emulation. In terminal mode, the unit can receive electronic mail over most E-mail systems, including AT&T Easy Link(R) and MCI Mail(R), and can communicate with remote computers, on-line data services such as CompuServe(R), Official Airline Guide(R) and Dow Jones News Service(R), and fax machines.
 A powerful To Do function integrates advanced project management with the user's schedule. Items to do are recorded with a description, priority, deadline date and up to five additional categories, and displayed in the Wizard's calendar views. Completed items are marked done by simply checking them off with the pen, while unfinished items are carried over to the following day. Items can also be sorted by date or priority and filtered by category for flexible and instant access to information.
 The User File function offers three databases, each containing 16 user-definable data fields. User Files can be customized to catalog data for a variety of purposes, such as a restaurant guide, contact manager or even inventory listings. Salespeople, for example, can carry all of their spec sheets, price lists and competitive analyses with them at all times by employing the User File function.
 For added data security, an easy-to-use RAM card backup function backs up all of the information on the OZ-9600 to a 256K RAM card in about five seconds. This simple routine, which takes just three keystrokes, allows users to conveniently maintain a current back up of all Wizard files at any time. In addition, a single CR-2032 lithium back up battery retains data for up to five years.
 To simplify operations, built-in on-line help offers explanations and diagrams for every functions, while a built-in tutorial eliminates the need to carry an instruction manual.
 The OZ-9600 can be expanded through the library of IC card-based Wizard application software and memory cards available from Sharp, third-party software vendors and value-added resellers. (NOTE: See release on industry support of OZ-9600.
 The OZ-9600 measures 7.1" (W) by 4.1" (D) by 1.0" (H) and weighs 15.0 ounces. It will begin shipping within two weeks for a suggested retail price of $649. For more information, contact The Wizard Division, Sharp Electronics Corporation, Sharp Plaza, Mahwah, N.J. 07430 or call 800-321-8877.
 Sharp Electronics Corporation, celebrating its 30th anniversary in 1992, is a recognized leader in consumer, office and industrial electronics. With sales over $2 billion, the U.S. sales and marketing subsidiary of Japan's Sharp Corporation is a leading seller of many electronics product lines including microwave ovens, calculators, facsimile, electronic organizers, electronic cash registers and LCD products. Headquartered in Mahwah, N.J., Sharp Electronics markets some 1,200 products in over 45 product categories and employs more than 2,100 people nationwide.
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 /CONTACT: Lisa Daniele or Ray Vincenzo of Dorf & Stanton, 212-420-8100, or 800-223-2121, for Sharp Electronics Corporation/ CO: Sharp Electronics Corporation ST: New Jersey IN: CPR SU: PDT


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