We Don’t Suggest Doing This…

But it is fun to watch others put their mobile computers to the test.

Psion asked its employees to take the XT15 mobile computer home and test out its durability in activities they like to participate in – the result is a game of hockey using the XT15 as a puck, dirt bike riders dragging an XT15 behind their vehicles and running over them, and a swimmer who takes his computer to the bottom of the pool to scan.

In all three cases the computer continues to scan and operate as it had before the abuse. If you don’t believe it, watch the videos below!

Computer Hockey

Barcode Scanning Underwater

Dirtbike Ride

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How is ePedigree like PTI?

With the ever present threat of counterfeit prescription drugs intermingling with legitimate drug supplies in the US, California has implemented the ePedigree Law to fight the 34 million counterfeit medicines being used to fill prescriptions (estimate from 2006). The ePedigree Law is not unlike the Produce Traceability Initiative and it shows that maintaining electronic records of a product’s lineage can effectively be maintained using barcode technology.

The ePedigree initiative, much like PTI, was instated to protect the health of consumers and track/monitor products to ensure that unsafe items do not end up in the marketplace, and in the chance that they do, recalls can be made quickly and efficiently without significant financial loss to those involved in the recall.

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Honeywell Showcases New Products at NRF

Honeywell recently introduced its new scanning and mobility products at NRF 2012: the Stratos 2700 hybrid bioptic scanner; the Optimus 5900 RFID mobile computer; and Remote MasterMind 3.0, the “first integrated mobility and scanning remote device management solution.”

The 101st National Retail Federation (NRF) Annual Expo in NYC, New York saw the release of many new products including Honeywell’s new scanner, computer and device management solution.

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Cisco 3600 Series Access Points

Cisco recently launched the new 3600 Series Access Points to improve wireless performance and connectivity with a variety of new features and options. The 3600 AP units have been shipping since November 2011, and have become the company’s “flagship” indoor AP.

In comparison to Cisco’s other indoor units, the 3600 does everything better, faster and with fewer interruptions. With 30% faster performance, 4X4 MIMO, ClientLink 2.0, and Clean Air Technology, the 3600 Series AP units give users an improved wifi experience.

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The Basics of Barcoding

Use your mobile device to scan this 2D barcode and read more about things you can do with 2D barcodes.

There are two main symbologies for barcoding, 1D and 2D barcodes. A 1D barcode encodes only a few dozen characters that correspond with a reference number in a company’s database, and is often limited in its usefulness. A 2D barcode, on the other hand, encodes significantly more so that the information can be stored within the barcode rather than within a database. These 2D barcodes can store up to 4000 alphanumeric characters such as an item’s serial number, lot information and time stamp.

In comparison, a 1D barcode only relates to a single item and obtaining information related to that particular item often requires scanning multiple barcodes whereas 2D barcodes can store all the information so that it can be accessed with a single scan.

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Things You Need to Know About Thermal Printers

If you are printing either bar code labels in your warehouse or receipt tickets at your gates for trucks coming into your yard, you are very likely using a thermal printer.

There are two types of thermal printers: thermal transfer and direct thermal. With thermal transfer, a print-head applies heat to a ribbon which transfers ink to the media. On the other hand, direct thermal printing uses heat sensitive media that blackens when passing under the print-head.

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Preventing “Memory Effect” in your Batteries

How to increase battery life – although this article is written for radio and mobile terminal users, the information in this article may be useful for anyone who utilizes technology with rechargeable batteries.

If you use a two-way radio or a hand-held mobile terminal you probably have experienced a problem with batteries suddenly losing their ability to maintain a charge. This is especially true if you use Nickel-Cadmium (NiCad) or Nickel-Metal-Hydride (NiMH) batteries.

This phenomenon is called “memory effect” and it can quickly develop when the battery is not completely discharged prior to being charged again. When the battery has repeated shallow discharges, only a small portion of the battery chemicals are exercised, and in effect, this causes the battery voltage to drop. The net effect is ownership of a perfectly good battery that no longer holds a decent charge.

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Zebra Announces the New QLn220 Mobile Printer

Zebra has expanded its QLn mobile printer series to include the new QLn220 two-inch direct thermal mobile printer as part of the third generation of the line.  The series will also see the introduction of a four-inch mobile label printer within the next year to meet the application needs of warehouse and T&L markets.

With the ever increasing popularity of mobile technologies and hardware, manufacturers, like Zebra, have developed mobile hardware solutions to meet the demands of these growing work environments.  The expansion of its mobile printer line led to the introduction of the new QLn two-inch printer, a complement the already existing three-inch QLn printer.

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Motorola MC2100: An Affordable and Smaller Alternative to the MC9000 Series

The MC2100 Handheld Computer

Motorola’s  Q1-2012 will see the launch of a new rugged entry-class mobile computer – the MC2100 Series – designed for receiving, replenishment, picking, price management, inventory and asset tracking, work-in-progress tracking, returns processing, and parcel/package delivery tracking (Batch mode operation).

The MC2100 is the entry-class alternative to the more robust MC9000 series. The new handheld’s  lower cost and smaller size make it ideal for a variety of mobile applications and it offers users more scanning choices than any other device in its class (1D linear imager, 1D laser or a 1D/2D are imager [available only in the MC2180]).

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Motorola’s AP7161 Outdoor 802.11n Mesh Access Point

The launch of Motorola’s Wing 5 has coincided with the release of several new hardware options to support this new wireless solution, one of which, is the AP7161 outdoor 802.11n mesh access point.

With its reliable security, practical design and self-healing MESH capabilities, the AP7161 is ideal for industrial, enterprise campus, video surveillance, public safety and smartgrid utility applications.

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