Las Vegas

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.

According to the company, the keyboard “is ergonomically arched to allow for quick thumb access and handwriting recognition, and on-screen keyboard options make data entry fast and easy for every type of user.” The device also offers 64MB of protected storage memory and a virtual mobile hard drive that ensures that data and files will not be lost, even if the battery runs out.

Pricing information was not provided. Further details are available at www.myZaurus.com.

Samsung Telecommunications America announced the SPH-i330, a Palm Powered phone with the latest data capabilities.

Richardson, Texas-based STA said the unit “combines standard and advanced wireless phone capabilities with the functionality of the Palm operating system platform.”

With a 256-color touch screen panel, the i330 enables users to utilize Palm OS features to schedule meetings and reference downloaded e-mails while talking on the phone, Samsung said. The unit is equipped with 16MB of memory and several Palm software programs, including Address Book, Date Book, Expense Report, Calculator, Mail, To-Do List, Memo Pad, HotSync and Games. It is compatible with nearly all the 15,000 Palm OS applications available, the company added.

The i330s Blazer multi-mode browser allows viewing of HTML Web sites and lets customers download applications that fit their specific needs, Samsung noted. “Not only does the i330 have hot keys enabling the consumer to dial numbers from the phone book without using the stylus, but it is also equipped with voice-activated dialing, voice memo, speed dialing and call logs,” the company said.

The i330 also offers a categorized phone book, speakerphone capabilities and the option to mute conversations during calls, Samsung said.

Pricing was not provided. Further information is available at www.samsungusa.com-/wireless.


Reproduced from National Underwriter Life & Health/Financial Services Edition, January 6, 2003. Copyright 2003 by The National Underwriter Company in the serial publication. All rights reserved.Copyright in this article as an independent work may be held by the author.