The EvryWear Wrist-Worn Personal Computer
By Mike Hanlon
March 29, 2006
March 30, 2006 Italian embedded computing specialist Eurotech has released details of an upcoming Linux or Windows CE computer that’s bound to turn heads when it finally hits the streets later this year. The 200 gram Eurotech EvryWear WL 1000 WWPC (Wrist-Worn Personal Computer) is quite a bit larger than the most ostentatious watch, but is apparently comfortable to use and packs a ripping feature set including a 72x55 mm active display area on the wrist, with touchscreen (input pen on the strap), direct-access keypad and joystick, support for USB HI devices, microphone, flat speaker, headset/stereo headphone jack and it can be configured to access any remote host wirelessly, has an inbuilt GPS, Bluetooth, Fast Infrared, WLAN and a high performance CPU with the same power as a desktop computer. The WWPC has been designed to be as adaptable as possible and we see it being of special interest to Emergencyservices, Security, Defence, Healthcare, Maintenance, Logistics, in fact any area where hands-free access to large amounts information is a necessity.
The WWPC solidifies the concept of ubiquitous computing by integrating all the power and capabilities expected from a full size PC within an extremely versatile device. The design allows for flexible ergonomic positioning and easy fastening to the arm, even over the users work clothes, thus insuring ideal weight distribution and maximum comfort
The WWPC has an integrated USB Device and USB Master ports, an IRDA port and features a 320 x 240 (1/4 VGA) 256k colour, High Visibility Displaywith Touch Screen and Automatic Contrast Adjustment.
With it information can be shared and services can be accessed regardless of location. By design it can be quickly configured to access any remote host system through its integrated wired or wireless interfaces using either the Linux and WinCE operating systems.
The system integrates newly patented innovative features such as a tilt and dead reckoning system - that can be used to detect if the operator has been motionless for a specified amount of time and under these circumstances a location beacon can be transmitted to enable quick location of the user - and a system that detects the position of the user’s arm and puts the system into standby mode when the arm is hanging down beside the body.
WL 1000 can be supplied with Windows CE 5.0 or Linux X.Y operating systems to meet all developer and users needs.
Tilt and dead reckoning system: anytime, anywhere tracking of the user to detect if the operator has been motionless for a specified amount of time. Under these circumstances a location beacon can be transmitted to the remote server.
Thanks to a low-power configurable system and to a dual Li-polymer battery pack, correct operation is guaranteed for long periods of time and for power-consuming tasks.
The WWPC supports different configurable audio/video user interfaces and features a bright 65K colour TFT display, a touchscreen and a direct-access keypad. It can be connected to a HID input device through USB or Bluetooth interfaces.
The WWPC can be configured and managed by any host system through a wired or wireless interface connection.
The web page for the new WWPC can be found here and a brochure can be downloaded here.