Sharp Model OZ-7200 Electronic Organizer

Description
As early as 1977 Sharp Corporation had combined the functions of a handheld electronic calculator, a clock telling time worldwide, and a stop watch. In the late 1980s, it began to sell more elaborate “electronic organizers.” This example had a built-in calendar, schedule, listing for telephone numbers, memo pad, world clock, local clock, and calculator. It also was possible to purchase additional “IC cards” which expanded the memory, offered language translation, and provided a dictionary and thesaurus. The device also could be linked to a printer or a microcomputer.
The organizer has a black plastic case that opens to reveal a keyboard on the right and a display with a space for additional cards on the left. A mark at the center of the left side reads: SHARP OZ-7200 (/) ELECTRONIC CALCULATOR WIZARD. A mark above the display reads: 64KB. A mark on the bottom reads: OZ-7200 SHARP CORPORATION (/) MADE IN JAPAN (/) Lic. U.S. Pat. 4117542. This patent, filed by Judah Klausner and Robert Hotto, both of New York, New York, was granted in 1978. The serial number of this calculator is: 9703190X.
Inside the cardboard box holding the calculator is also an operation manual. It has a copyright date of 1989.
This example was purchased by the Information Age exhibition at the National Museum of American History in April 1990. It was not used. This product was a successor to the Sharp PA-7000 organizer, first sold in 1987.
References:
[Advertisement], New York Times, May 2, 1990, p. A2. Sharp OZ-7200 selling for $279.98.
[Advertisement}, Chicago Tribune, July 10, 1991, p. D19. Sharp OZ-7200 on sale for $159.00.
Kathryn B. Hiesinger and Felice Fischer, Japanese Design: A Survey Since 1950, Philadelphia; Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1994, p. 176.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
electronic organizer
date made
1990
maker
Sharp Corporation
Physical Description
plastic (case; keys material)
glass (display material)
metal (circuitry material)
paper (manual material)
Measurements
box: 3.5 cm x 15.2 cm x 22 cm; 1 3/8 in x 5 31/32 in x 8 21/32 in
organizer, closed: 2 cm x 9.2 cm x 16.3 cm; 25/32 in x 3 5/8 in x 6 13/32 in
place made
Japan
ID Number
1991.0081.01
catalog number
1991.0081.01
accession number
1991.0081
subject
Computers & Business Machines
Handheld Electronic Calculators
See more items in
Medicine and Science: Computers
Handheld Electronic Calculators
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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