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The Skwak Pad[1][2] is a portable computer invented by Dr. Marbles[3], first appearing in "Lost My Marbles". Motherboard describes them as "walkie-talkies and drawing boards rolled into one"[4].

The main four members of the CyberSquad use their Skwak Pads frequently throughout the series, as a radio[5] telecommunications device, an advanced graphing calculator and visual aid for problem-solving, a projector[6], a search engine access point[7], and a camera[8]. The Skwak Pad also has an I/O port on the bottom, which can be used to attach peripheral devices[9].

Physical appearance

Upgraded Skwak Pad as it appears in Mission Motherboard (2020)

The early design of the Skwak Pad from "The Poddleville Case"

The Skwak Pad is a turquoise, irregularly shaped electronic device, resembling that of a cybikos PDA, exactly one cyberfoot in length[3]. It has a coiled orange wire that protrudes from the top, an antenna at the top right, and a keypad below the screen. The purple-blue buttons directly below the screen have mathematical operations, and the yellow-green buttons have numbers and other symbols, very much like a calculator.

In more recent material, such as certain Season 12 episodes and the 2020 version of Quest 1: Mission Motherboard, the Skwak Pad is redesigned to resemble a smartphone or small tablet. It retains elements of the earlier design, such as its irregular shape.

"The Poddleville Case" (pilot)

In the original pilot, "The Poddleville Case", the Skwak Pad is light blue and has a simpler shape, a white antenna at the top left, a red keypad, and a speaker.

Bio

"Who's Who Document"

The Skwak Pad is an ingenious electronic device that’s part PDA, phone, calculator, camera and computer. It’s how the kids talk to each other from different parts of cyberspace.They use it to keep track of things too, especially when problems are complicated.

Appearances

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References

  1. Force Field Combinations of Switches, Levers and Buttons. PBS LearningMedia. "When Jackie looks at the image of the two switches, two levers and three buttons on the Skwak Pad, she draws a line to connect one combination of these three elements."
  2. Formative Evaluation of Paper Design Concept of CYBERCHASE Online Financial Literacy Game. "All but one student knew to click on the lower righthand Skwak Pad to find out their snefus [recte Snelfus] total."
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Step by Step"
  4. "Lost My Marbles"
  5. "A Renewable Hope"
  6. "A Day at the Spa"
  7. "Chaos as Usual"
  8. "Spellbound"
  9. "Penguin Tears"
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