Embrace the Internet
Embrace Networks' Application Projection Platform (E-APP) connects multiple devices to the Internet without need for a PC. The E-APP consists of the Projection Engine, the MicroClient and an SDK. By plugging in the networking adapter (shown) to a phone line or an Ethernet port, devices can upload content to Web sites or perform inventory control with a bar-code scanner.
Embrace Application Projection Platform Embrace Networks www.embracenetworks.com contact vendor for pricing
The "CrackBerry" Phone
Research In Motion introduces the BlackBerry 5810, a voice-enabled version of its highly addictive two-way pager. The always-on device is the first handheld to support a built-in phone running on GSM/GPRS networks in North America. The 4.6 by 3.1 by 0.7-inch, 4.7-ounce handheld integrates e-mail, SMS, browser and organizer, along with Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME) as its core operating system.
BlackBerry 5810 Research In Motion www.blackberry.net $499 (VoiceStream), contact GPRS carriers for more pricing
Easy Wireless Mouse Navigation
Users can position the Targus Optical Wireless Mini Mouse up to 6 feet from a notebook without the hassle of any cords. The light-as-a-feather mouse weighs 4.3 ounces with two AA batteries, features an optical sensor and operates on the 27MHz frequency. The 0.5-ounce USB receiver key offers plug and play connection with Windows 98/2000/Me/XP systems.
Targus Optical Wireless Mini Mouse Targus www.targus.com $50
Stay in Touch With Exchange
Infowave Software's Symmetry Pro keeps business travelers securely connected to e-mail with attachments and calendar and contact information. The software, which requires Microsoft Windows 98, 2000 or NT and Internet Explorer 5 or higher, links wirelessly enabled Palm OS and Pocket PC devices to Exchange 5.5 or 2000 data.
Symmetry Pro Infowave Software www.symmetrypro.com $20/month or $200/year with $25 activation fee
Ruggedized and Wireless
Fujitsu Transaction Solutions announces the iPAD, a Microsoft Windows CE .NET-based handheld that delivers a ruggedized wireless device intended for retail-store inventory management. The 10-ounce iPAD features a color touchscreen and supports an 802.11b wireless LAN infrastructure as well as XML and Voice over IP.
iPAD Fujitsu Transaction Solutions www.ftxs.fujitsu.com $2,195
Forget the Clipboard
Handango Software enables companies to build forms easily for deployment to handhelds running Palm OS 3.5+, BlackBerry 2.0+ and Pocket PC; support for Java is planned to be ready in second quarter. With Handango Forms, mobile workers can access real-time data and upload collected information wirelessly or via synchronization.
Handango Forms Handango Software www.handangosoftware.com $2,000 per desktop (Handango Forms Manager), $100 per handheld (Handango Forms Client)
The Billy Commuter bag by Case Closed offers a stylish way to carry and protect a notebook PC, CDs and other business items. The 12 by 13.3 by 6.3-inch doctor-style bag weighs about 4 pounds, features fine leather and nickel hardware, and sports a "take along" pocket that secures the bag to rolling-type luggage.
Billy Commuter Case Closed www.caseclosedbags.com $400
Squeezing 2.2GHz Into a Notebook
Eurocom's 8170 Monte Christo puts a desktop-style Intel Pentium 4 processor in a notebook for high-end computing capability. Running at up to 2.2GHz with an ATI Mobility Radeon video chipset, the 7.2-pound 8170 begs to tackle heavy-duty 3-D modeling applications with its 14.1-inch TFT screen, FireWire and USB ports and hard-disk drives of up to 30GB.
Eurocom 8170 Monte Christo Eurocom Corp. www.eurocom. ca $1,415
Toshiba brings new focus to the boardroom with its 2,000 ANSI lumens TDP-S3 digital projector. At less than 6 pounds, this ultrabright multimedia powerhouse offers DLP technology, digital keystone correction, a built-in three-watt audio system and a wireless remote.
TDP-S3 Toshiba Imaging Systems www.projectors.toshiba.com $2,999
One Fast Scan
TopScan Ltd. introduces the ScanMarker, a wheel-less handheld optical scanner that captures about 1,000 words of text per minute at 350 dpi using a CCD sensor. At less than 2 ounces, the lightweight pen-style scanner works with Win 9x/2000/Me-based PCs via a USB connection and can highlight text on a page, which then displays in bold in the electronic file.
ScanMarker TopScan Ltd. www.topscan.com $69 to $99
No Wrong Turns
Navman USA's GPS m Series puts users of Palm m100 and m500 PDAs on the map. The package comes with a GPS (Global Positioning System) receiver, Rand McNally StreetFinder Deluxe Travel Navigation software and a vehicle mounting kit and power adapter.
Navman GPS m Series Navman USA www.navman.com $200
Lose the Phone Cord
Plantronics introduces the first Bluetooth solution for existing cellular phones with its M1500 Cordless Headset, which includes a small Bluetooth adapter that plugs directly into the phone. Volume and mute controls are located on the headset so mobile professionals can take calls by pressing the Answer/End button. The M1500 offers hands-free convenience and up to three hours of talk time.
Plantronics M1500 Cordless Headset Plantronics Inc. www.plantronics.com $200
Starting With the Letter A
Actiontec's 802.11a Wireless Networking Card provides high-speed wireless access to files and peripherals in the office or on the road. Transmitting at speeds up to 54Mbps, the card operates on the 5GHz communications band and coexists with 802.11b-based products, which operate on the 2.4GHz band.
802.11a Wireless Networking Card Actiontec www.actiontec. com $149
Capture That Thought
Olympus America Inc., Consumer Products Group announces its VN-900 digital voice recorder, which weighs 2.1 ounces and stores 90 minutes of voice recordings. At 3.8 by 1.6 by 0.9 inch, the ergonomically designed device fits snugly inside the palm of the hand.
VN-900 Olympus America Inc., Consumer Products Group www. olympusamerica. com $60
802.11a Looks Good
Sony Electronics introduces its VAIO wireless LAN PC Card (PCWA-C500) and access point (PCWA-A500) to network rich media content and business applications on the 802.11a-specified 5GHz band at up to 54Mbps. The 2 pound 10 ounce AP supports up to 16 users and features two 10-Base-T/100 Base-TX Ethernet ports.
PCWA-C500 and PCWA-A500 Sony Electronics www.sony. com/vaio $180 (PCWA-C500), $400 (PCWA-A500)
Tracking the Call
Samsung's latest GPS-enabled phone, the Sprint PCS SPH-a400, supports E911 emergency location services like those initially operable in Rhode Island. The 3.5-ounce Internet-enabled phone will wirelessly download content, like images for display on the a400's crisp six-line 128 by 128-pixel screen. The dual-band/dual-mode a400 also promises up to 3.6 hours of talk time.
Sprint PCS SPH-a400 Samsung Telecommunications America www. samsungusa. com $200
Reason To Be Blue
TDK Systems' bluePAQ Bluetooth adapter clips on Compaq's iPAQ to connect the Pocket PC with other Bluetooth-enabled devices without upgrading the handheld. All Bluetooth drivers reside in the jacket, so automatic loading occurs each time it's snapped on. bluePAQ weighs less than 2 ounces.
bluePAQ TDK Systems www.tdksys.com/bluetooth/bluepaq/bluepaq.html $240
Lost? Ask Your PDA
Port-IT by Comworxx brings voice-activated dialing and other telematics capabilities to the car. Port-IT combines two-way communications technology with GPS navigation, voice browsing and Win CE PDA information access in a solution that includes cradle, speaker, and GPS and GSM antennas.
Port-IT Comworxx Inc. www.comworxx.com $1,299 and $35 monthly service fee
Move Over, Energizer Bunny
Electric Fuel's Instant Power battery (left) for Sony, Olympus, Kodak and Nikon Coolpix digital cameras will supposedly run for up to 12 hours. The company claims that the disposable fuel cell will last up to five times more than onboard AA alkaline batteries, which means users can take up to 4,000 digital photos without changing or recharging the battery.
Instant Power Electric Fuel www.electric-fuel.com $20
Tools for Handheld Printing
Bachmann Software & Services announces its PrintBoyCE Software Developers Kit, which enables developers for Pocket PC handhelds to incorporate wireless printing into their applications via the Bluetooth and 802.11b standards, as well as infrared.
PrintBoyCE Software Developers Kit Bachmann Software & Services www.bachmannsoftware.com $399 for 100 licenses, less with volume purchase