A Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) is a handheld device, originally designed as a personal organizer, but which has become much more versatile over the years. PDAs can can be used as a clock, calendar, address book, or spreadsheet, or for calculating, playing computer games, accessing the Internet, sending and receiving E-mails, taking pictures or videos, or recording notes. Newer PDAs also have both color screens and audio capabilities, enabling them to be used as mobile phones (PDA Phone), web browsers, or media players. Many PDAs can access the Internet, intranets or extranets via Wi-Fi, or Wireless Wide-Area Networks (WWANs).
PDPal, begun in 2002, is a collaboration of New York City based artists Scott Paterson, Marina Zurkow, Julian Bleecker and Adam Chapman and was co-commissioned by the Walker Art Centre and Creative Time. A downloadable application for a PDA, PDPal is a tool for mapping a collective portrait of a city. It is produced with the assistance of Lem Jay Ignacio, Michael Sarff, ORG, and Kelly Evans.
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