Nova5000 helps bridge digital divide

From T+L² 2005

Fourier Systems introduced the Nova5000, a new one-to-one computing device that attempts to “bridge the gap between the cost-prohibitive laptop and the less functional handheld device.” Weighing 2.2 pounds, Nova5000 is a Windows CE 5.0 tablet computing device that aims to meet students’ everyday computing needs, including internet access, word processing, spreadsheets, and eMail. The total cost of ownership for each Nova5000 device is estimated by its manufacturer to be $225 per year, including maintenance and local support. Fourier claims its Nova5000 provides the highest learning output per dollar spent on computing, opening a new window of opportunity for schools to harness the power of one-to-one programs. Adding to the versatility of the Nova5000 is the incorporation of a data logger with built-in scientific probeware capabilities. These features equip students with multimedia tools to enhance their understanding and enjoyment of science and math just as No Child Left Behind science mandates approach, the company said. Pricing for the Nova5000 begins at $419.

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