by Rick Smith (December 3, 2000)
Computers are getting smaller. I donít mean a few ounces trimmed off the latest laptop or some grams from a PDA, but complete computer systems that are now built entirely into a writing pen or even a keyfob. Intermec previewed the Qoder, which is a miniaturized bar code scanner that you can attach to your keyring. However thatís not a big accomplishment, given the miniaturization of pocket laser pointers (this model uses only safe LEDs).
What is quite impressive is that Intermec has included a 129 MHz MIPS processor, 32 MB RAM and a Lithium ION battery pack into this keyfob as well. It can store data from 100 bar code labels at a time. Cross has recently created a new pen with this same capability. What makes the Intermec keyfob different is that this device is compatible with IEEE 802.11b wireless networks at 11 mbps data rates. If that still isnít enough, the Qoder also contains a built-in digital camera.
To make communication more universal and transparent, Intermec 2102 Access Points let you seamlessly roam anywhere in your office. You now can be on a different floor, between floors or anywhere on an office campus, without losing your network connection. Pretty cool.
Since this is a showcase preview, product pricing was not mentioned.
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