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By Don Debelak

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In 1993, Jon-Erik Prichard was working as the creative directorfor an ad agency that worked with telecommunications companies. Oneof the main thrusts in the industry at the time was wirelesscommunications. Then one day, "It all just came to me,"says Prichard, 38. He realized combining wireless technology withspeech and handwriting recognition software would result in a trulymobile computer with user-friendly communications features. Peoplecould use this computer any time, anywhere without bothering tohook up to a modem or a networking cable, even forfeiting the needfor a keyboard or a mouse.

In November 1999, Prichard introduced his Qbe Personal ComputingTablet, a product that Prichard says his company, AqcessTechnologies Inc., "can't make fast enough to meetdemand." The company is now shipping 5,000 units permonth.

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