Many employees use smartphones and tablets on the job, so desktops and laptops aren’t the only workplace tools around anymore. Has this proliferation of mobile devices into workplaces and homes changed what people think of when they hear the word “computer”?

Exhibits in the Computer History Museum remind visitors that computing technology encompasses a vast array of machinery that could also fall into other categories.

Palm Pilots, iPods and scientific calculators probably have as much computing power as computers from decades past, and the museum displays these mobile devices to raise a point: As mobile devices become smaller and more powerful, will that change the definition of the word “computer”?

Hilton Collins, Staff Writer
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Hilton Collins is a former staff writer for Government Technology and Emergency Management magazines.