PalmPad for GRiD Systems

Rugged pen-based computer

IDEO’s long-standing relationship with GRiD Systems has included the design of most major products in the company’s line. The PalmPad was designed to be its newest lightweight computer for use by nurses, inventory takers, police officers, and others who need to collect and retrieve information on the go.

IDEO designers added comfort and “grip-ability” to the product by employing an elastomeric comolded material on all surfaces where the hand touches the unit. Two Velcro straps allow the PalmPad to attach to the forearm, freeing up both hands. The untethered stylus and improved resolution allow for more accurate handwriting recognition.

Project date: 1990