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Category Archives: PDAs

Viewsonic Ruggedized Handheld

Viewsonic By David Edney

Viewsonic, the makers of all things monitor, have decided to come out with not one, but seven ruggedized handhelds. Here’s the deets and there are a lot of them: the units run on Windows Mobile 2003 and are powered by Intel XScale processors. They meet IP54 design standards for sealing against dust, moisture and extreme environmental conditions. The features include 3.5-inch 240 x 320 (QVGA) LCD display, 416MHZ-520MHZ Intel Xscale processor, Jog dial, SD card slot and hot-swappable Lithium Ion batteries which allow battery changes without shutdown or loss of data. They also come with 802.11b/g wireless, Bluetooth, bar code scanner, 1.3 megapixel camera (with most models), fingerprint sensor (with most models) and GPS (Global Positioning System) support with one model. This thing is loaded and it only weighs 12 oz, so it fits in the Christmas stocking very nicely.

[Product Page] VIA [New Launches ]

EOps Tech’s SDIO TV Tuner Card For Mobile Devices

sdio tv tunerBy David Ponce

Say you’ve got a SDIO-enabled, Windows Mobile based device; a shiny new smartphone, or a blinging PDA. Say also that you either got it as a gift, or sold your right hand for it and so now you can’t afford to pay for the data plans that would allow you to watch TV on it. Or you live in Timbuctu or some such place and digital TV on mobile devices is just fancy talk. Well, there’s hope.

Coming this March, company EOps Tech will be releasing this SDIO TV Tuner, allowing you to tune in to PAL or NTSC signals worldwide. The device comes with a lanyard-style antenna and built-in signal booster and its own battery, which lasts for up to 2.5 hours.

There’s no price I could see anyplace, but there are a bunch more specs inside. Out here, you get the product page: EOps Tech DVIO TV Tuner.

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DualCor cPC: Mobile And Tablet PC In One


By David Ponce

The stuff DualCor is promising with the cPC sounds pretty exciting. The machine is loaded with some serious specs:

- 1.5GHz Via C7-M processor
- 5″, 800X400 LCD
- 40GB shared hard drive
- 1GB DDR2 RAM
- 1 GB NAND flash memory
- Windows XP Tablet Edition
- Windows Mobile 5.0

The idea is that you’d be able to switch back and forth between full fledged PC and cellphone, with no time-lag. The unit is a little bricky for my tastes (at least, if I’m going to be sticking it to my ear, pretending it’s a cellphone), being 6.5 inches long, 3.3 inches wide, 1.2 inches thick, but hey, it’s an interesting idea.

In PC mode, you’d get something like 3 hours runtime, and in mobile mode, 8 to 12. “When you pull up an application you can decide whether to run it in x86 mode or on the smart phone,” DualCor CEO Steven Hanley told CNet.

Now, the only thing is, if you visit the site, you’ll notice that everything looks photoshopped. But, seing as the device will only be unveiled at CES, perhaps that explains the lack of real pictures.

It will cost around $1500.

[DualCor Technologies] VIA [Gadgetblog.it]

The iRiver D20, A Jazzy Pocket Dictionary

By David Ponce

Pocket dictionaries are usually pretty drab affairs. You might see them in the hands of glasses-clad overachieving Asian students on an exchange program, whose idea of fun might include a heated game of Sudoku or something (pardon the stereotype). That being said, they’re useful as hell and if you’re going to be needing one, you might as well try to have a little fun too.

That’s the thinking behind iRiver’s D20, dubbed “Dicple ?”. On top of 24 dictionaries, it also features an MP3 player and an FM tuner. It handles MP3, WMA, ASF and OGG file formats, and displays GIF/JPG/BMP files on a very nice 4.3″ 262k color LCD TFT. It’s a little on the bulky side of things, at 370 grams, but hey, it’s a pocket dictionary, not… well, not something that should be smaller.

No word on price.

[iRiver Korea] VIA [Mobilewhack]

The VPen

By David Ponce

If you ask me, using your thumb to send an SMS is asinine. Really, think about it. What’s intuitive about tapping a key four times to get one letter?

The VPen might solve those problems though. It’s essentially a laser-equipped pen that uses Bluetooth to connect to your cell, PDA or whatever. It has integrated character recognition software, so it can read your handwriting (hopefully that is) and translate that into text which is then transmitted to your cell wirelessly. There’s no need for a special paper or surface. The pen tip has no ink, so no stained clothes.

You can switch modes and also use it as a mouse, enabling you to draw and drag and drop icons and such.

It’s really quite ingenious and hopefully will see market soon, as it’s still in R & D. From the tone of the site though, you get the feeling it’s a little more than vaporware. Let’s hope so.

Check out the website here. There’s a good FAQ page here. Story VIA Textually.

Palm Commits Act Of Heresy And Turns To Microsoft For OS

By Jennifer

Palm recently announced the unthinkable when it told the world that it will soon be partnering up with Microsoft to release a new Treo Smartphone powered by the Windows Mobile, and not the Palm, operating system.

The new device, the Treo 700w, will take advantage of the software giant’s Outlook Mobile, Office Mobile and Internet Explorer Mobile offerings, as well as direct access to Exchange Server 2003 for mobile access to information for business users. This move should help Microsoft take a bigger slice of the Smartphone market, which until now has been dominated by Palm, RIM, and Symbian OS overseas.

The demand for the Microsoft OS is especially high among business users, as most companies have been reluctant to issue phones based on other platforms. The Windows Mobile OS offers superior corporate security features like encryption, virtual private networking and tight messaging connectivity.
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The MPrint From Brother

By Jennifer

Finally there is a solution for printing from a PDA, smart phone, or from a laptop when you are away from the office or home: the MPrint from Brother.

Connect it to your PDA/smart phone/laptop by using an infrared connection or a Bluetooth connection, and print your documents from a special cassette of paper. Its slim and compact design (0.70 inch thick and weighing less than 10 ounces, 11 when considering the battery and paper) allows you to carry it practically anywhere.

Other features include four pages per minute printing, besides normal MPrint paper print on labels or carbon sheets, virtually silent printing due to a stationary print head, and a built-in and rechargeable lithium ion battery.

Price: not listed, but according to Froggle, about $300-$400

Check out the website, again, here.

The Pepperpad, Seeking an Identity

By David Ponce

Stuck somewhere between a full fledged laptop and an oversized PDA, the Pepperpad (aka the Wireless Pad) from the interestingly named company Pepper Computer, is aimed at the consumer looking for something more substantial than the quick and dirty Palm experience, yet disinterested in the commitment and emotional involvement of a laptop.

Billed as a portable Internet Computer of sorts, it comes with Wifi, IR and Bluetooth, and all sorts of pretty chat clients and what not. Of course, I’m unclear as to what OS it’s running, exactly, but that’s probably because I don’t know how to read. (wait… I think I spotted Linux somewhere in there…) Weighing in at a rather noticeable 2.3 lbs, the pad packs an interesting mix of features, all of which will be nicely listed, inside.

Out here you get the price: $850.

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Virtual keyboard

By Wesley Dores.

Nothing new under the sun, but still relatively cool: a “virtual keyboard”. How does this work you ask?

Well, ok, so, you can use the VKB (Virtual PC Keyboard) with both your laptop and PC and with a compatible mobile device, be it a Smartphone or a PDA. It uses both infrared and laser technology to produce an invisible circuit and project a full-size virtual QWERTY keyboard onto any surface. The virtual PC keyboard behaves exactly like a real one: direction technology based on optical recognition enables the user to tap the images of the keys, complete with realistic tapping sounds(!), which feeds into the compatible PDA, Smartphone, laptop or PC.

The VKB Virtual Keyboard has a wide range of applications:
- Personal digital assistants
- Cellular telephones
- Space saving computers
- Tablet PCs
- Laptops
- Industrial environments
- Clean rooms
- Sterile and medical environments
- Test Equipment
- Transport (Air, Rail, Automotive)

Roughly the size of a disposable lighter, (90 x 34 x 24 mm), the VKB enables users to type email or long text as easily as with a conventional keyboard. Imagine how much easier it would be if you had a proper mobile phone keyboard that fits in your pocket…

It’s $200 from here.