U. S. Robotics Palm Pilot 5000

U. S. Robotics' subsidiary company Palm, Inc. produced this Pilot 5000 personal digital assistant (PDA) in 1996. With a purchase price of $369, the Pilot 5000 had a Motorola processor that operated at 16 megahertz and 512 kilobytes of memory. A touch screen accepted input via a stylus pen. Unlike the Apple Newton released a few years earlier, the Pilot’s system of “graffiti” shorthand provided users with an effective text input system. The back of this Pilot shows the characters that can be “drawn” by the “graffiti” system. Default applications for the Pilot included an address book, calculator, date book, memo pad, and to-do lists that could be synchronized with a personal computer via a special cradle connected to a serial port.
Object Name
personal digital assistant
date made
U.S. Robotics
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
glass (overall material)
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
American Enterprise
Computers & Business Machines
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American Enterprise
American Enterprise
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
from Daniel Henderson
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