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Casio Launches Rugged Handhelds

Casio Thursday unveiled two rugged handheld computers targeted at the retail, health care and restaurant industries, among others.

Casio envisions retailers using its DT-X10 and IT-500 handhelds to issue receipts for products and order supplies while on the shop floor. It could be used in hospitals, the company said, to enter diagnostic data and manage drug administration. Additional uses could include patrol and inspection; market research; and route sales.

The DT-X10 and IT-500, which are available with built-in 802.11b, run Windows CE .NET version 4.1 and feature a two-way TFT display that converts external light into reflecting light.

The DT-X10 includes a C-MOS Imager capable of two-dimensional barcode reading, OCR reading and capturing mono pictures, as well as a Type II PC card slot to support wireless wide area network (WAN) connections, while the IT-500 offers a 1D barcode scanner and a built-in microphone and speaker for Voice over IP use. Models with a built-in camera and Bluetooth are available for the IT-500 only.

Both handhelds are shock resistant and can operate in extreme temperatures. In addition, the DT-X10 is dust- and splash-proof.

Casio is the fifth largest handheld maker worldwide, according to a new report from research firm IDC.

Reprinted from allNetDevices.