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WalkAbout Launches Powerful Tablet Computer That Goes Beyond Tough

WalkAbout Computers, the world leader in ruggedized “Pen Based” mobile computers, announces the HH3, a new feature rich 400 MHz Pentium powered addition to its successful HAMMERHEAD line of computer solutions. Designed for use in extremely demanding environments in-plant, in-vehicle or outdoors, the HH3 combines design simplicity, world class performance, and wireless networking into a very compact, lightweight and easy to carry form factor.

“The WalkAbout HH3 continues a tradition of durability and uncompromising reliability insuring our customers a high rate of return on their investment with us,” said Phil Marson, CEO and President of WalkAbout Computers. “A lot of so called ‘tough’ computer products today have basically evolved from consumer products. The HAMMERHEAD line was conceived solely for demanding customers. They are built sturdy and strong from the inside out and have, over time, become the product of choice when exceptional construction, durability and reliability are important requirements”, he added.

Like earlier generations, the WalkAbout HH3 is milled from solid aircraft grade aluminum, fully sealed and vacuum tested to keep out moisture or dust, and ‘torture tested’ before shipping. In addition to a Pentium III CPU delivering 400 MHz of processing power, the new HH3 model offers 256 MB SDRAM, a 6/10/20 GB removable hard drive, 10.4″ HI-VIS enhanced TFT color display with pen or touch input, USB bar code scanning and dual Li-Ion hot swappable ‘smart’ batteries with a choice of Windows 95/98/2000 operating systems.

“PDAs and other handheld devices have added to the acceptance of pen-based devices, but the limitations of PDAs and even CE units lead to single purpose devices and a multitude of operating systems within the same enterprise. WalkAbout’s HH3 offers our customers the highly desirable intuitive interface and simplified form factor of a PDA with all the broader possibilities of a Windows based wireless mobile computer,” said Ralph Thomas, VP of Sales. “Everyone is looking for the best and most economical way to get data to and from the field, but a solution that is quickly outgrown may not be the optimum choice for long term deployment and future application needs”.

Wireless communications is a driving force behind mobile computing and the WalkAbout HH3 is wireless ready today with integrated solutions for all of the predominant networks including Motient, BellSouth Wireless Data, CDPD, GSM, and wireless LAN’s. Additionally, by offering dual antennas, the HH3 is the only product of its type that accommodates a combination of wireless devices such as a separate WAN and LAN in the same unit. In poor coverage areas, the WalkAbout HH3 can be docked and automatically connected to a roof mounted vehicle antenna for improved signal reception. Walkabout’s elegant docking solutions are widely recognized as being the best available. Finally, the HH3 has a unique built-in a “flex space” designed to accommodate proprietary OEM radios and other technology needed by mobile workers like the short-range Bluetooth radio standard.

The WalkAbout HH3 is available in a number of job-specific models so users can always have the right tool for the job. Indoor color, outdoor color, and indoor/outdoor monochrome displays are all available with either highly accurate electromagnetic pen or convenient resistive touch screen digitizers. Batteries can be configured for extended use on foot or for frequent access to vehicle power. Power management provides even more user selectable options. Rotating hard disk drives, flash drives, and micro-drives are also available to match the right storage device with the demands of each job.

“WalkAbout involved our Work Force Automation team in the design of their new HH3,” said Mike Kovash, IT Project Manager at Cox Communications. “I’m quite pleased with the direction WalkAbout has taken with the HH3. We can use the added processing speed and functionality, but with more than 2000 HAMMERHEAD computers already in service here at Cox, we’re especially pleased that WalkAbout again maintained complete backward compatibility between the HH3 and the peripherals that we already own. They really protected our previous investment with them.”

WalkAbout maintains complete control of the HH3 by designing, manufacturing, and servicing the HH3 in its West Palm Beach, FL facilities. The company has resisted the trend toward offshore manufacturing and OEM products as both approaches limit the ability to quickly respond to unique customer needs and to provide the highest possible level of technical support. The HH3 is backed by WalkAbout’s industry leading service, which includes factory-direct onsite support, overnight “hot swap” replacement units, and the industry’s most comprehensive warranty program.

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