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If it fits, wear it

If it fits, wear it

People wear the funniest things in Las Vegas: Roman togas, feathered headpieces, sequinned jumpsuits, and soon, personal computers.

During the giant Comdex show in Vegas this week, Xybernaut plans to unveil its latest product: a PC that clips onto a belt.

The Mobile Assistant IV is designed primarily for factory workers who routinely perform inspection, repair, diagnostic, and maintenance jobs and require easy, on-the-spot access to databases. Other target users include health-care workers, emergency service personnel, and workers who perform inventory or computer-aided instruction.

The MA IV was first seen at a trade show last May and is expected to be available in December through En Pointe Technologies, Sentel, and other resellers. Prices start at $US4995 (excluding display).

The MA IV has a 200MHz or 233MHz MMX Pentium CPU housed in a 680g module, not much bigger than a Sony Walkman, that attaches to a belt. An entry-level belt module includes 32MB of RAM, a 2.1GB hard drive, a battery and a charger. Higher-end versions can accommodate as much as 128MB of memory and a 4.3GB hard drive.

The belt module also includes a two-slot PC Card reader, built-in mouse, and audio support for speech recognition applications. The system has a USB port and a port replicator for adding peripherals such as bar-code scanners, Global Positioning System devices, and wireless communications and diagnostic devices.


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