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 (http://www.pocketpccity.com/articles/2004/10/2004-10-14-USB-On-The.html). 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 made. 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. David 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"