Psion HC110 Starter Kit
Combining modular hardware design and the most modern software techniques, the Psion HC range of computers represents a new approach to computing in the field. HC computers can extend existing computer networks away from the office, right up to the "front line" - whether that's in a warehouse, on a sales call, on a maintenance visit, or wherever. Rugged and powerful, HC computers are the mobile elements of a computer system, ensuring that information held "at base" in the office is timely and accurate by putting the base directly in touch with the point of action.
The HC has been designed to be integrated into any computer system and to meet any application requirement: assisting with the making of deliveries, taking of orders, collecting or distributing information, servicing equipment, and so on. Every element of the hardware is configurable, from the plug-in megabyte-sized Solid State Disks, to the internal expansion slots for peripheral devices such as bar code scanners, modems, and magnetic cardreaders. Equally important is the multi-tasking operating system with full graphics and windowing capability. Applications can make productive use of the various fonts and emphases available, and can even display and manipulate diagrams, maps, and pictures. The result: software applications that are highly informative and intuitive to use, and which consequently improve operator acceptance and efficiency. The multi-tasking facilities - unique to the HC range among handheld computers - significantly shorten software development times and greatly simplify otherwise complex issues ranging from the simultaneous monitoring of several peripherals - a bar code scanner and a modem, for example - through to sophisticated process control applications.
Companies with mobile work forces will find it the perfect fit for many applications and industries, including utility meter reading, sales automation, electronic order entry, parcel delivery,route accounting, inventory maintenance and parts tracking. Built to fit the hand, the HC 100 terminal makes it easy for mobile workers on the go to capture data quickly and accurately.
The back lit LCD display and full alpha-numeric keypad make it an easy-to-use favorite with employees and available expansion modules, such as a bar code scanner, modem, or RS-232-C, simply clip in and fit flush inside the case at the top or bottom.
Processor 80C86-compatible 16-bit processor
Our unit is is complete with the HC Cradle docking station and was very kindly donated by Chris Whytehead.
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