Sharp Wizard OZ-7000 Personal Organizer
By James Grahame
If you traveled extensively by air in the late 1980s and early 1990s, it was hard to miss the illuminated poster-sized advertisements for Sharp's OZ Series of personal organizers. With one of these, even the most harried and befuddled account executive could become a model corporate citizen. Or so they claimed when they submitted the justification for this technological wonder on their expense forms.
The Sharp Wizard OZ-7000 was released in 1989, could communicate with PCs and Macs, and offered a 40 x 16 B&W LCD display, card expansion slot, and zillions of buttons on its unusual non-QWERTY vertically-oriented keyboard. It had a built-in array of personal productivity applications, including a memo pad, phone book, calendar, and scheduling.
The Wizard line is still alive today as a series of incredibly inexpensive pocket organizers that may be good substitutes for Pocket PCs for some users.