PC Briefs: Dell, Logitech

PC Briefs: Dell, Logitech

Dell readies PDA, Smartphone

Dell has revealed that the next generation of its Axim handheld will include both Wi-Fi and triband radios. The forthcoming Axim, due in 2004, will allow users to switch between Wi-Fi networks and Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) or Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) networks and is likely to support 802.11g. Axim will also include Bluetooth to permit synchronisation with a range of client devices, including notebooks. The direct vendor also plans to develop a device based on Microsoft’s Smartphone platform.

Logitech invests in digital pen company

Logitech International plans to invest $US15 million in the Anoto Group. Logitech will acquire 10 per cent of the company, in an agreement which is subject to the approval of Anoto shareholders. The two companies had formed a strategic relationship for the development of the Logitech io Digital Pen and other products for the digital pen and paper platform. The io digital pen, which debuted in 2002, is currently only available in the US and Europe, but should be released in Australia later this year. The pen allows users to create handwritten notes using ink on paper, which can later be stored on a PC.

An optical sensor embedded in the pen captures the handwritten images. The captured digital information can then be transferred into the PC by synching the pen via a USB cradle. The pen comes with software for the PC that allows users to find, organise and share the handwritten information.

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