Wrist Computer Coming from Parvus

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Parvus Corp. is well along in the development of the ZYPAD WL 1000, a computer small enough to be worn on the wrist.

In this case, though, “small” is a relative term. The prototype really can be worn on the wrist, but it isn’t something most people would consider a fashion accessory (see picture below).

On the other hand, it does offer an impressive array of features, like a 320-by-240-pixel, 3.5-inch Touchscreen and Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g. It also includes both a USB host/device port and a miniSD slot.

A GPS receiver helps users find their way, and the WL 1000 even has an accelerometer with a Tilt and Dead Reckoning System. This allows someone to remotely determine whether or not the wearer is moving.

This wrist computer is capable of running either Windows CE 5.0, or a version of the Linux OS based on Kernel 2.6. It uses a 400 MHz processor.

A set of stereo speakers and audio jack round out the specifications.

What’s It For?

Parvus is well aware that the WL 1000 is not for everyone. It is intended for vertical markets where the user needs a small, mobile computer but must have both hands free.

This includes people like soldiers and aircraft repairmen.

It is not yet known what the ZYPAD WL 1000 will cost, or when it will be available.

Thanks to Engadget for the tip.

 

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