Not Quite Dick Tracy's Style

Eurotech is making a new wrist-worn PC that can run Linux or Windows CE, according to information at the company's Web site. The device will have GPS capability, a secure digital memory slot, advance power management, audio speakers, video with a bright outdoor-readable 65K colour 2.1 x 2.8 inch TFT display with touch screen, a direct-access keypad, USB 1.1 support, a headphone socket, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11g and IRDA.

It looks very similar to the hand-held computers I recently wrote in Security Update, except that its shape is designed so that it can be strapped your wrist. The company said it expects the device to achieve 6 hours of battery life and will use a patented technology that will cause the device to "sleep" when the user's arm is down. It can also transmit a beacon under certain conditions, which would help the user become located. The latter feature would make it attractive to emergency response crews, such as firemen and policemen. Check it out at the company's Web site. No word on when the device might available or what it will cost.

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