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308 Systems Debuts

New Tactical System

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"The race to line up partners is won not just by the swift, but the caring."

--Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Hermosa Beach, Calif.-based 308 Systems has introduced its portable integrated office/communications system, called the Tactical Communications Package.

It is a battery powered, modular system that includes a Pentium laptop computer, cellular phone data line, color printer, copier, fax, and a sleek brushed aluminum carry case. Optional components such as a digital video camera, document scanner, mapping and Global Positioning System, Geographic Information System, satellite telephone, and fingerprint identification are available.

Information: Reader Response no. 214.


PenCentra 200

PenCentra 200 Santa Clara, Calif.-based Fujitsu PC Corp. has introduced its rugged PenCentra 200 handheld computer.

It offers a 129 MHz Toshiba TX3922 MIOS RISC processor, and 32 MB or RAM (expandable to 64 MB). The unit weighs two pounds, and measures 1.3 x 6.5 x 8.9 inches. It features an eight-inch VGA color display, a 56K modem, USB interface, two Type II PC Card slots, and handwriting-recognition software

Information: Reader Response no. 215.



Downstream SkipWire has released its free Palm OS software, DownStream. It provides Palm users with the ability to wirelessly browse and download Palm applications by subject and title. It also stores downloaded or stored applications in a "MySkipWire" account.

Information: Reader Response no. 216.


IPalm Series

IPalm Series Panasonic's ipalm Digital Cameras PV-DC3000-A and PV-DC3010 both include an SD Memory card.The card, which is the size of a postage stamp, was developed by Matsushita Electric in collaboration with SanDisk Corp.

Each camera has a built-in 1.5 inch color LCD viewer, and uses a .55-inch charged coupled device (CCD) to capture 2,048 x 1,536-pixel resolution images in super fine, fine, and TIFF modes.They are equipped with a 2x optical zoom for for close-up shots, and a 3x digital zoom. The PV-DC3000-A includes a 16 MB SD Memory card, while the PV-DC3010 includes a 32 MB Memory card

Information: Reader Response no. 217.


Eyemodule2 has released its full-VGA eyemodule2 Digital Camera for Handspring Visor handheld computers.

Designed to snap into the Visor handheld via its "Springboard" expansion slot, it captures and views digital images in color or black and white in a variety of formats. Eyecontact software helps users to categorize, and annotate images and mini-movies that can be beamed to other Visor/Palm OS devices, or synchronized to PC or Macs.

Information: Reader Response no. 218.


Panasonic PalmCorder

Panasonic PalmCorder The Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. has introduced its new line of Palmcorder combination digital camcorder/digital still camera. Three models offer digital 12-bit/16-bit stereo audio recording, 20x high definition optical zoom, and 300x telescopic digital zoom. Other features include digital electronic image stabilization in both record and playback modes, high-speed shutter, and a variety of built-in digital video special effects for adding creative flair to video recordings.

Information: Reader Response no. 219.


Sony VPL-CS2

The VPL-CS2 is Sony's "SuperLite" LCD projector, reports Sony Electronics Inc. It weighs six pounds six ounces, and offers 600 ANSI lumens.

It features digital keystone correction, multi-scan capability, enough brightness to display images with the lights on, and Projector Station software. It also includes a remote control, and carrying case.

The VPL-CS2 offers a resolution of 800 x 600 and measures 11 x 3.1 x 8.5 inches.

Information: Reader Response no. 220.


Ethenticator MS 3000

Ethenticator MS 3000 Ethenticator MS 3000, from Ethentica, is a touch verification PC card for portable computers. It simplifies local and remote networks and Internet access; prevents identity fraud; provides secure Web transactions; and eliminates the need for the user to remember passwords for access to password protected Web sites or applications.

It features TactileSense, a proprietary fingerprint verification technology.

Information: Reader Response no. 221.


Handspring Visor

Handspring Visor @ctiveLink, from Glenayre Electronics Inc., is a wireless messaging module for Handspring Visor handheld computers. Users can wirelessly send and receive messages, query the Internet, and access desktop computer information. It receives and stores e-mail 24 hours a day.

Information: Reader Response no. 222.


VirusBarrier 1.0

VirusBarrier 1.0 for the Palm OS, from Integro, is software that scans, detects, and deletes virus infected files to ensure that they do not propagate. It runs on all Palm OS compatible devices including Palm, Handspring, IBM and others.

Information: Reader Response no. 223.


WorldMate Israel's MobiMate has introduced WorldMate software for your Palm organizer, which offers a host of "conversion" tools for world travelers. It includes four world clocks to compare to the your home time; and converts foreign currencies with the option for the user to check updated rates online. It can convert measurements; compare clothes sizes from the U.S., U.K., and Europe; and find international dialing prefixes.

It even includes an alarm clock with "snooze" feature.

Information: Reader Response no. 213.

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