Vendors at the Comdex Fall 2002 technology exposition held here unveiled a variety of technologies aimed at todays “road warrior.”
New computers, mobile phones, and accessories were among the introductions designed to help insurance agents and others who take their business on the road.
Fujitsu, based in Tokyo, Japan, announced global availability of its Stylistic ST Series Tablet PC. This came in conjunction with the launch of Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, a new version of Windows XP Professional, which features utilities such as handwriting and voice recognition.
The new PC is very portable, weighing only 3.2 lbs., and is .88 inches thick, said Fujitsu. The Stylistic ST4110 Tablet PC, the first offering in the series, includes the Intel Mobile Pentium III Processor 800MHz-M. There is also a shock-mounted hard drive, and up to 768MB of memory.
According to Fujitsu, the Stylistic Tablet PCs “can be used in places where traditional notebook PCs are not practical or widely accepted.” The units can be used as a notepad to enter data or take notes or access information “unobtrusively.” They can also serve as a notebook or desktop computer by adding a keyboard or placing the device in the optional docking station.
The ST4110 includes a 10.4-inch display, which can be rotated between landscape and portrait modes, said Fujitsu. Also offered are IEEE 802.11b wireless LAN capability and a high-capacity lithium-ion battery.
Pricing for the Tablet PC begins at $2,199 for a base configuration, Fujitsu added.
Sharp Electronics Corp. introduced the Zaurus SL-5600, the latest addition to its PDA (personal digital assistant) family. The company, based in Mahwah, N.J., described the unit as an “expandable Linux-based business PDA and wireless capable solution.”
The SL-5600 features a color-reflective LCD screen, integrated QWERY keyboard, and expandable memory. Also featured are an Intel XScale 400 MHz processor and an integrated speaker and microphone, said Sharp.