A Wearable PC

By John R. Delaney  |  Posted 2003-06-19 Print this article Print

Although you can wear the Xybernaut Atigo-M, function still prevails over fashion in the computer world.

With the processor of a PDA but the appearance of a tablet PC, the Xybernaut Atigo-M ($1,895 direct and up, depending on configuration) is a bit of both. This unique portable Web tablet is designed for mobility in the field but is also useful as a thin-client wireless device or as a smart terminal.

Youre more likely to find the Atigo-M in the military, shipping companies, transportation concerns, and the utility maintenance field than in the typical home or office. In fact, military and civilian government agencies and the transportation sector are among Xybernauts biggest customers, because they require a high degree of field workforce automation.

The 7.9- by 9.4- by 0.7-inch (HWD) Atigo-M is similar in size and shape to an Etch-A-Sketch and weighs 2.8 pounds with its battery. It is based on the 400-MHz Intel PXA255 XScale PXA255 processor and includes 128MB of SDRAM as well as 32MB of ROM for running the Microsoft Windows CE .NET embedded operating system. Unlike the current crop of tablet PCs, the Atigo-M does not have a hard drive, so the ability to run applications locally is limited. Xybernaut builds the Atigo-M to order, however, working closely with customers to determine what their needs are and which specific applications will be pre-loaded at the factory. The company even adds custom colors and logos upon request.

For the whole story, check out the PC Magazine article
John R. Delaney

John Delaney is a freelancer writer and frequent contributor to PC Magazine. A 13-year veteran of PC Magazine's Labs (most recently as Director of Operations), John was responsible for the recruitment, training and management of the Labs technical staff, as well as evaluating and maintaining the integrity of the Labs testing machines and procedures.

Prior to joining Ziff Davis Publishing, John spent 6 years in retail operations for Federated Stores, Inc. before accepting a purchasing position with Morris Decision Systems, one of New York's first value-added resellers of the original IBM PC. For the next 5 years, he was responsible for buying and configuring IBM PC, XT and AT desktops for many of New York's financial institutions. He then worked for the now defunct ComputerLand chain of PC dealers before joining PC Magazine in 1987.

John maintains a mini-lab, complete with a wireless network and a small army of test machines, at his home on Long Island, where he lives with his wife Laura, a former Senior Project Leader with PC Magazine Labs.


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