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Cybiko

Cybiko Classic with extended antenna

Cybiko was a hand held computer designed for teenagers featuring its own two-way radio text messaging system. It had over 430 "official" freeware games and applications. Because of the text messaging system, it features a QWERTY Keyboard that was used with a stylus. An MP3 player add-on was made for the unit as well as a SmartMedia card reader. The company stopped manufacturing the units after two product versions and only a few years on the market, but because of the unique radio messaging hardware there is still a hobbyist community using Cybiko.

Cybikos can communicate with each other up to a maximum range of 300 metres (0.19 miles) (which can be boosted to 450 metres (0.26 miles) using a freeware program called UI Power). Several Cybikos can chat with each other in a wireless chatroom.

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MP3 player

Classic MP3 Player

The MP3 player for the Classic plugs into the bottom of the Cybiko, it used Smart Media cards, with a maximum size of 64mb. The player had built in controls. These are relatively easy to find.

Xtreme MP3 Player

The MP3 player plugs into the back of the Cybiko. It has a slot for one MMC memory card. The maximum size limit has been found to be 256Mb. The MP3 player can only be controlled from the Cybiko. Memory from the MP3 player can be addressed from the Cybiko and used for data and program storage. About the only place you can find these are eBay, and private sales (e.g. car boot sales/swap meet, etc.), making them the most hard to get player.

1MB Expansion Memory

The memory expansion card plugs in the back of the Cybiko. It provides 1 megabyte of static RAM memory and 1 megabyte of data flash memory. The RAM allows programs with larger memory requirements to run. The data flash allows more programs to be stored. Some Cybiko programs will not run unless the Expansion Memory is plugged in.

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