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Palm Inc. Debuts M500 & M505 Units

Palm Inc. has introduced two new devices: the m500 and m505 handheld computers.

Powered by the Palm OS 4.0 software, they feature an expansion card slot, as well as a universal connector that allows users to backup data and add software and content without sacrificing memory.

The expansion slots support peripherals from Palm, such as wireless modems, digital cameras, and GPS devices.

The m505 offers color in a 16-bit palette of more than 65,000 hues. Both units include a USB-ready HotSync cradle and software for Mac and PC. Also bundled are MGI PhotoSuite, Pocket Mirror, DataViz Documents to Go, and AvantGo.

Information: Reader Response no. 302.

DataMyte DigiForm

Rockwell Automation's DataMyte unit has introduced its DigiForm handheld computer. The handheld offers an eight-hour battery life and features a rugged pen/tablet interface and a damage-resistant magnesium case with rubber-like coating. It is preloaded with JetForm Design software for customizing standard forms for inspections, audits, medical records and more. Captured data can be transferred to a desktop computer for storage.

Information: Reader Response no. 303.


Innovative Security

Innovative Security Technologies L.L.C. has introduced its Regula 1010, 1011 and 1012 series of palm-sized devices for examining documents.

Among the features:

* Model 1010 has a 10x magnifier.

* Model 1011 adds retro-reflective light.

* Model 1012 adds high intensity violet and UV-C (shortwave).

Information: Reader Response no. 304.


FreeVerse 2.0

UltiVerse Technologies Inc. introduced FreeVerse 2.0, a mobile messaging platform. It incorporates traditional telephony capabilities with wireless Internet to let users can gain visual access to corporate information on a mobile device. Users can also create voice-generated e-mail, print e-mail and attachments to a fax machine, listen to text messages, and retrieve voice messages in a single voice/data messaging session. 2.0 also incorporates a push technology that delivers real-time notification of selected messages based on user preferences.

Information: Reader Response no. 305.

Community Server 2.1, released by ChatSpace Inc., helps users chat from PCs or mobile devices. It delivers messages, automatically selecting the best protocol: Java, JavaScript, WAP, or html. Add-on modules support live help, live events, and international languages

Information: Reader Response no. 306.

Handheld Accessories

Pocket Time

Stromberg LLC introduced its time and attendance software, Pocket Time. Designed for use on a PDA device operating on Microsoft Windows CE 3.0 (Pocket PC), it allows companies with mobile employees to record and track time and attendance data, and allocate time by projects.

Information: Reader Response no. 307.

Presentation Software


ViaVid Broadcasting Inc. debuted its proprietary online presentation platform, ViaVision. The system allows the combination of a synced audio/video stream and a PowerPoint presentation to be delivered over the Internet in real-time, within the ViaVid Web site.

Information: Reader Response no. 318.


Olympus America Inc. has introduced two new digital cameras:

* The Camedia Brio D-100 features a 5.5mm f2.8-f11 auto focus Olympus lens with digital 2X telephoto and weighs six ounces. It has a 1.5-inch color LCD monitor.

It offers a shutter release of 0.3 seconds, and can shoot two frames per second. Up to 122 images can be stored on the included 8MB Smart-Media card.

* The Camedia C-700 UltraZoom offers 10X optical zoom and 27X digital zoom. It has a 1.5-inch, 113,000-pixel color TFT LCD monitor.

Information: Reader Response no. 300.

Sanyo Security Products Division has introduced the VCC-5574M a digital, color surveillance camera. The 2.48-inch wide x 2.72-inch high x 1.98-inch deep housing is made of solid-state components and provides immunity to shock and vibration according to the company.

It accepts a manual iris lens for fixed light-level environments and comes equipped with automatic white balance control.

Information: Reader Response no. 301.

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