Interesting New Solution Pits the Tablet PC Against the PDA

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New Solution Pits the Tablet PC Against the PDA

While the Tablet PC is finally making its way into the general PC consumer market, the healthcare industry and associated fields have been depending on the platform for its portablility and unique pen-enabled input.  One alternative to the Tablet PC which was recently introduced by Motion Computing is the Tablet PC “Client”.  This new machine offers the same exclusive benefits to healthcare professionals as the full-blown Tablet PC, yet costs less, several hundred dollars less per unit in fact.  It is apparent that when a financial administrator looks over the total cost of a full deployment of Tablet PC’s vs. Tablet PC “Clients”, there is an incredible margin of savings by going the “Client” route.

The Tablet PC Client certainly poses no threat to the Tablet platform.  In a sense it is just a “light” version of the Tablet Computer itself, much like a “dummy terminal” which is used in a networking environment as less-costly alternative to the costly deployment of complete PC boxes to all users that need to access reading and writing tasks on a network.  But what if there was a truly viable alternative to both costly Tablet PC’s and Tablet Clients?

With the introduction of the FusionForm for Healthcare from Satori Labs Inc., it seems that there might just be yet another viable alternative to the Tablet PC.  This technology that Satori calls the SureScribe Platform essentially combines a special “digital” pen (equipped with a miniature camera) plus a PDA to offer users the ability to write on plain paper, yet digitally capture input and automatically upload it to a PC. 

As expected, there are some drawbacks to this technology one of which is obvious, the need to rely on paper, and second, the adoption of a platform that at this time is not standardized.  Thirdly, there is no way users who adopt this solution can take advantage of the increasing number of innovative and exciting Tablet PC applications emerging from developers. Although this impressive new solution opens the door to much opportunity, it will be interesting to see if it can truly match up to the ever evolving and rapidly advancing Tablet PC.

For more information and specific details on this new product/technology itself, visit the following links:

http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/archive/2005/March/06/biz/stories/01biz.htm

http://www.satorilabs.com/home.html

Barry

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