Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Handheld Computers & Rugged PDAs Everywhere

When you walk the halls of MobileDataforce you will see desk's covered with PDAs, rugged handheld computers, bar code scanners, cradles, satellite domes, etc. On a pass a few minutes ago I saw the following:

  • Intermec CN3
  • Psion Teklogix's WorkAbout Pro (different sizes)
  • Socket SoMo (and Socket Bar code Scanner)
  • Symbol MC70
  • Palm Treo 750 (700, 650...)
  • HP iPAQ
  • Dell Axim
  • Symbol 9000
  • T-Mobile MDA
  • Samsumg
  • Casio
  • Mobile Mapper CE
  • Itronix Duo-Touch
  • TDS Nomad
  • Mobile Printers of all kinds

A paradise of mobile gadgets, Windows Mobile applications,cradles and cables that we are testing or deploying at sites around the world.

Two weeks ago one of our senior engineers had a Psion Teklogix WorkAbout Pro on his desk. It was sent to us from a customer in the UK, shipped from the Netherlands and manufactured in France. It contained a specialized RFID radio in it that we configured to work with the PointSync Mobility Platform. This solution was going to be used on RFID enabled "wheelie bins" or large trash containers. What could be more fun?

For those of you pondering how to choose the right hardware for your company's needs, please follow this link and download the document called, "Selecting Appropriate Handheld Computers."