Eurotech's Zypad series of wearable tablets may all look like props from mid-1990s sci-fi movies, but we can't help but admire them just a little bit for that very reason -- even if we wouldn't be caught dead wearing one. The latest is the "faster" and "lighter" Zypad WL1500, which packs a 3.5-inch QVGA display (resistive, naturally), a Marvell PXA320 processor, a whopping 128MB of flash storage, and some 3G connectivity in addition to WiFi and Bluetooth -- not to mention Windows CE 6.0 for an OS. If you haven't figured it out by now, this one isn't exactly intended for consumer use, but Eurotech is still targeting a fairly broad audience of professional users, including folks in everything from law enforcement to transportation to medical fields. Look for it to be available in the second quarter of this year for a yet to be disclosed price.
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Eurotech Launches the Zypad WL1500 Wearable Computers

Next Generation Cloud-Enabled Zypad Wearable Computer Features Faster Processing and More Communication Options in a Lighter Design


COLUMBIA, Md., March 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Eurotech, a leading supplier of embedded technologies, products, and systems, announces today the launch of the Zypad WL1500 series of wearable computers. Following in the footsteps of the popular Zypad WL1000 and Zypad WL1100 products, the new Zypad WL1500 delivers the same low power and long battery life and now offers faster performance and more functionality. The Zypad WL1500 is a perfect fit for users who need instant access to information while still maintaining mobility, such as emergency search and rescue, medical, homeland security, law enforcement, logistics, maintenance and transportation professionals.

The Zypad WL1500 series allows the user to maintain connectivity through a full range of communications protocols such as WiFi, Bluetooth and cellular including 3G, CDMA and GPRS. There is also a user-accessible SIM card slot should the user need instant access to data. Built-in GPS tracking capability with an integrated antenna further enables communications capabilities.

Power conservation techniques allow the Zypad WL1500 to run for a typical eight-hour shift. A power monitor with a fuel gauge lets the user determine if and when a battery charge is required. At this point, the user could perform a hot swap of the battery without losing critical data or charge the unit through a USB port, ensuring continuity and reliability for a range of data-critical applications. Additional features include a Micro SD slot, 128 MB of SDRAM Flash memory and a twelve-key keyboard with built-in backlight for easy viewing.

The Zypad comes with a 3.5" TFT display at QVGA resolution with touchscreen and backlight controlled by an ambient light sensor. Also included are an integrated microphone, mono-audio speaker and audio-in capabilities. The Zypad WL1500 supports an optional integrated barcode scanner or the external ring-scanner that is available on previous models.

"Eurotech's newest Zypad wearable computer delivers the great look and feel of the Zypad family with extensive communications and I/O capabilities," says Pete Dombrowski, Director of Engineering at Eurotech Inc. "The cloud-ready Zypad WL1500 can be deployed in M2M applications where hands-free operations, reliable communications and high computing performance are required. With Eurotech's Zypad WL1500 wearable computer, individual users have instant access to data in the field and corporations can simultaneously access that vital information through the cloud in real-time."

The Zypad WL1500 series will be generally available in Q2 of 2011. It comes with Windows CE 6.0 support.

About Eurotech

Eurotech is a listed global company (ETH.MI) that integrates hardware, software, services and expertise to deliver embedded computing platforms and sub-systems to leading OEMs, system integrators and enterprise customers for successful and efficient deployment of their products and services. Drawing on concepts of minimalist computing, Eurotech lowers power draw, minimizes physical size and reduces coding complexity to bring sensors, embedded platforms, sub-systems, ready-to-use devices and high performance computers to market, specializing in healthcare, defense, transportation, industrial and energy segments. By combining domain expertise in wireless connectivity as well as communications protocols, Eurotech architects integrated solutions that simplify data capture, processing and transfer over unified communications networks. Our customers rely on us to simplify their access to state-of-art embedded technologies so they can focus on their core competencies. Learn more about Eurotech at www.eurotech.com.

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