Celeste Baranski



The 1990s ushered in the age of personal communication. Cell phones, pagers, laptops and notebooks all became part of modern day life. Celeste Baranski realized however that emails, messages or phone calls could only be sent or received using different equipment. In 1993, with her colleague Alain Rossman she developed an integrated cell phone, fax and pen input device which today has become the basis for "palm" or personal devices. There were several challenges and no prototypes of such a small device. The problem of conflicting radio signals from computers and phones had to be resolved as did the the problem of a start up time for what was basically a very small portable computer cum phone, organizer and writing tablet. Baranski's palm sized device also included an auto-dialer and note taking program with hand-witing recognition capabilities. In 1993, Celeste and Alain Rossman were awarded the coveted Discover Award from Discover magazine for their invention


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Patently Female by Ethlie Ann Vare and Greg Ptacek (John Wiley and Sons, 2002), pp.31-32.

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