News – SwitchBack PC UMPC, Sony Mylo Finally Hitting Store Shelves, Mobile Demand xTablet T8600 Review

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SwitchBack PC: Meanest UMPC on the Block

You would expect a firm with a name like Black Diamond Advanced Technology to produce some pretty radical hardware and these guys don’t disappoint (after all they are guided weapons engineers). Debuting at the Embedded Systems Conference in Boston this week, the SwitchBack PC looks like one mean, rugged piece of UMPC pie. The unit is similar in form to other UMPCs, 7.5″ x 5.5″ x 2″, and sports similar connectivity and guts, but that’s where it ends and this unit leaves those other pansy UMPCs in the dust. This baby is encased in a magnesium housing reinforced with rubber isolators and shock mounted electronics all designed to exceed military specifications for shock, vibration, humidity, and extreme temperatures. Now here’s where it gets interesting; Black Diamond’s patent pending technology allows various modules to be quickly and easily slapped on the back of the unit. The modules offer extended hardware and/or software functionality such as:

  • Additional processor, hard drive or battery
  • Custom I/O Options (data transfer, interface extensions)
  • Fingerprint reader
  • RFID, Barcode Scanner or Mag Stripe Reader
  • Radio(s), terrestrial
  • Digital camera
  • GPS receiver
  • Breathalyzer, Laser Range Finder

That last combo module has got to be my favorite. I know it’s aimed at law enforcement, but I can think of a lot of fun uses for a breathalyzer & laser range finder. Here’s hoping that they send us a unit for review! For more info on the SwitchBack PC head over to their website.


Sony Mylo Finally Hitting Store Shelves

Engadget has some info from a ‘source’ in Clearwater, Florida that the Sony Mylo is finally 
starting to show up in stores. With pics to back it up, an employee reports that the $350 units are being stocked at CompUSA and the SKUs in the pics verify that this is indeed the real thing. The Mylo has begun showing up online, but these are the first reports of live sightings. If you’re jonesing for a Mylo chances are good with a little legwork you could have one in hand by the end of the week. Read more…


Mobile Demand xTablet T8600 Review

TabletPC2’s Linda Epstein has posted a review of the Mobile Demand xTablet T8600. The T8600 is rugged slate-style Tablet PC aimed at vertical markets such as sales, delivery, maintenance, etc. The unit is compact and features a unique built in back-lit numeric keypad to the right of the screen. Linda found the 8.4″ SVGA screen to be one of the units best features:

” The display on the xTablet T8600 is nothing short of amazing…”,” Normally The price you pay for the ability to use a Tablet PC in full sun is not having as clean or crisp a screen indoors, but with the MobileDemand xTablet T8600  the screen is as nice indoors as it is outdoors.”

You can read more of Linda’s review here.




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