National Museum of American History Acquires Wireless Picturephone Prototypes

Oct 25, 2007, 01:00 ET from Smithsonian National Museum of American History

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Smithsonian's
 National Museum of American History joined with inventor Daniel A.
 Henderson to acquire two prototypes and related documentation for a
 pioneering wireless picturephone technology developed in 1993. Henderson
 recently was awarded six U.S. patents for innovation incorporated in the
 wireless system and device.
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     The invention, known as "Intellect," was designed to receive pictures
 and video data from a message center for display on a portable device. It
 also anticipated spam filtering for wireless devices and the convergence of
 wireless communications and portable computing devices, which allowed users
 to see, hear and access information while moving in a mobile world.
     "Digital convergence is among the most important phenomena of recent
 years," said Brent D. Glass, director of the museum. "These new objects
 make significant additions to our holdings in this area. We appreciate Mr.
 Henderson's continued support of the museum."
     This donation adds to a previous collection of wireless technology that
 Henderson donated to the museum's Information Technology and Communications
 Division in 2003, including the Casio Z7000 "zoomer," the immediate
 predecessor to the Palm Pilot, and the Atari Portfolio, the world's first
 palmtop computer. Other museum holdings include early Internet telephones
 and tablet computers.
     The National Museum of American History collects, preserves and
 displays American heritage in the areas of social, political, cultural,
 scientific and military history. Documenting the American experience from
 Colonial times to the present, the museum looks at growth and change in the
 United States. The museum is closed for major renovations and will re-open
 in summer 2008. For information about the museum, please visit or call Smithsonian Information at (202)
 633-1000, (202) 633-5285 (TTY).

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