A Navigator Based On The Newton Blazes A New Trail

The Newton personal digital assistant from Apple Computer Inc. hasn't turned out to be a hot seller among ordinary computer users. But Newton's basic technology is being adapted for some special--and surprising--uses. The Center of Rehabilitation Engineering in Lund, Sweden, for instance, has turned Sharp Corp.'s version of the Newton into a machine called Isaac. It's designed mainly to help the blind and those with other handicaps, but it may prove useful in such fields as forestry, ranching, oil exploration, and emergency relief.

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