He used the palm pilot as his tablet, but his stylus was a plastic space-age contemporary version of the traditional reed pen.
The small number of numerical symbols was, to a large extent, controlled by the method of writing numbers using a blunt stylus with a circular section to impress marks on wet clay.
Similar to a pen in shape, the stylus is a long accessory used to enter data into the programmer's LCD.
Another stylus was used to play back the recording turning the indentations on the cylinder into sound.
Executed in the same flat, almost naïve style, the stylus emerges from the right hand side almost threateningly, bearing down on the record.
All his recordings were made using the ‘acoustic method’ - singing in front of a large horn, connected to a recording diaphragm and cutting stylus , which cut a groove in a rotating wax disc.
It is said to have developed originally as a means of writing with a stylus on palm leaves, which would split if incised with a straight line.
The next significant development began around 3,100 B.C. when a pointed stylus was used to incise pictures of tokens in clay tablets instead of impressing the tokens themselves.
It is a digital canvas which can be used with a mouse but really comes into its own when used with a pressure sensitive tablet and stylus .
Using a reed stylus , they made wedge-shaped impressions on wet clay tablets which were then baked in the sun.