Monday, June 26, 2006

From Italy, With A Little Love

The WWPC supports different configurable audio/video user interfaces and features a bright 65K colour TFT display, a touchscreen and a direct-access keypad. It can be connected to a HID input device through USB or Bluetooth interfaces. The WWPC can be configured and managed by any host system through a wired or wireless interface connection. Image Credit: Eurotech

The age of Dick Tracy is finally upon us, and none too soon. A wearable, fully function able PC is being considered as a primary tool for field use by our military in our war against terrorism.

The current version sells for $2,500 and has been shown at several trade shows over the last few months.

Excerpts from the Strategy Page -

Seven Ounce Wrist Computer
Electronic Battlefield - June 26, 2006

Noting the U.S. Army's interest in "wearable computers," Eurotech has created a seven ounce PC that you wear on your wrist.

The Zypad WL 1000 uses a 32 bit, 400 Mhz CPU, can run Linux or Windows CE, has 64 MB of flash RAM and ROM, an SD card slot for more memory (a gigabyte or more), a 3.5 inch touch screen (240x320 QVGA). There are also eleven backlit keys.

The rechargeable battery claims up to eight hours operation. Also included are GPS, Bluetooth, 802.11g wi-fi, a USB 1.1 port and stereo audio input and output.

The system automatically goes into standby mode when the users arm is at his side. There is also a tilt switch mode, which reports the users location if the user falls down and remains motionless for a certain length of time.
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Large warehouse and container operations would be able to benefit from a hands-free solution such as this ... just add a bluetooth barcode reader, a holster, and it becomes an on-the-fly shootout at the OK corral!

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