[CoMoDev] Re: Medium Duty Hardware

  • From: "Pete Schofield" <pete.schofield@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <comodev@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2004 16:45:44 -0600

The USB interface situation should be changing soon.  The USB Implementers
forum has developed a supplement to USB 2.0 called USB On The GO.  It is
specifically aimed at giving PDA devices more capabilities for interfacing
with USB devices
Products are supposedly going to be available by the end of the year.

-----Original Message-----
From: comodev-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:comodev-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of David Beers
Sent: Wednesday, October 20, 2004 1:30 PM
To: comodev@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [CoMoDev] Re: Medium Duty Hardware

These look great.  This is indeed a gap that needed to be filled!  Thanks
for the pointer, Pete.

While we're talking about mid-range "semi-rugged" mobile devices, has anyone
had any experience with the AlphaSmart Dana?
(http://www2.alphasmart.com/products/dana-w.html)  The Dana was originally
designed as a tough and inexpensive laptop replacement for use in schools,
where kids would be dropping them and throwing them around all the time.
But the version with built-in WiFi and a couple SD slots looks like it would
make sense in field applications where a full-size keyboard is desired or
extra screen real estate is a plus.  It runs Palm OS 4.1, and as far as I
know is the only laptop-like device that does.  It's also the only Palm OS
device I know of that has standard USB connectors: two of them.  Nice for
connecting to a portable printer out in the field.  This was designed by the
same engineers who designed the Handera 330, still one of the best PDAs ever

One of these days I'm just going to buy one to see what it's like, but I'd
love to hear from someone who has got their hands on one.


On Wed, 20 Oct 2004 10:40:37 -0600, Pete Schofield wrote:
> FYI -
> Symbol Technologies will unveil a new product line today aimed at
> filling the gap between its own "ruggedized" handhelds and off-the-
> shelf consumer PDAs.   They fill the gap between consumer PDAs and
> industrial PDAs ($1500 units that handle 6ft. drops to concrete,
> dust and water sealed, temperature extremes, etc.).
> The article is at http://www.pocketpccity.com/articles/2004/10/2004-
> 10-20-Symbol-Intros-New.html.
> Pete Schofield
> PGSoft, Inc.
> (720) 851-7251
> info@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> "Business in the Palm of Your Hand"

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