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Potential uses of Intel Realsense 3D Camera in Tablets
In this blog we will take a look at the potential future uses of a Intel Realsense 3D cameras, some of which are currently being tested there required environment. Check out our previous post on what Intel Realsense is and how it works.
Where could Intel Realsense 3D Cameras be used?
Intel Realsense 3D camera technology brings an entirely new toolbox to many industries. Firstly let’s briefly cover some of the applications of Realsense 3D in devices.
- Computer front facing cameras/ webcams and VR headsets
- Mobile computers/ tablets and smartphones
- Areal drones
In this blog we will focus on the uses in tablet devices as the front facing/ webcam camera applications use a short range technology. They are uses for things like facial recognition and motion detection, popular within the gaming industry and education. And then machines such as drones use it for object detection and automation.
Moving onto Realsense in mobile devices. When Intel launched the R200 unit which allows rear facing long range cameras to feature in mobile devices it opened up a whole new level of use for the technology. It could now be used for measuring distances, depth and scanning environments into 3D. We’ve had the chance to get hands on and explore the MobileDemand xTablet8650 that features this technology and demo some of the software currently available. Some of the biggest potential uses are in
- Logistics and warehousing – For the measuring of boxes, pallets and stock, measurements can be calculated in less than a second.
- Medical –Monitor the depth and size of wounds, as well to track progress. Allowing greater efficiency and clinical decision making.
- Highway maintenance – Calculate the total size of potholes, cracks and damages. This would give a more accurate measurement for reinstatement calculations and a better understanding of the damage to the surface.
- Surveyors and service engineers – For taking 3D scans of areas and environments. A more detailed result can be produces than typical measurements.
- Airlines – Allows passengers to accurately measure luggage before arriving at airport. Allows airlines to get a more accurate understanding of how much space is being used and provides an audit trail of checked baggage.
If you are interested in the potential uses of 3D cameras in tablets then take a look at our units featuring the technology.
and the new T1270 due out in June. More
We are sure there will be many other potential uses of Intel Realsense 3D camera in tablets and smartphones in the future. f you would like any more information or have any questions get in touch.
Rugged Tablet T1200 End of Life
…and introducing T1270
The Rugged Tablet T1200 End of Life has been announced. Due to shifts in technology and components soon to be no longer available, the device will officially be EOL on July 31, 2018.
We are planning to continue full service support for the xTablet T1200 for three years following the EOL date. This is contingent on the ability to acquire replacement parts from component manufacturers. Due to the age of the device design we reserve the right to use refurbished replacement parts in the event that new parts become unavailable.
Accessories for the xTablet T1200, including batteries, may continue to be purchased and will be sold on a first come, first served basis until completely sold out. Minimum order quantities may apply on certain parts.
We are pleased to report that the MobileDemand family of innovative tablets is continually growing to ensure we are meet the needs of our customers and provide the right tablet for the job. There are several new products in 2018. The replacement for T1200 is planned to be released in June 2018. The 12.2” xTablet “T1270” features a 7th generation Intel i5-7200U processor and is potentially the fastest tablet on the market.
T1270 is a next-generation device engineered specifically for the mobile workforce, offering a larger screen and boasting impressive productivity-enhancing options such as a 3D camera, 2D barcode imager, and fingerprint reader.
T1200 will be available until July please check out the specs to see if this workhorse may be useful for your project. We encourage you to be in touch with any questions about the current and new products in the range or set up a meeting.
Enterprise Mobility 4 Practical Things to Remember
Go to any event about enterprise mobility and be prepared to be blown away with a huge amount of material on security device management integration etc etc.
It’s all good stuff but when it comes to setting up your project in the first place what are 4 practical enterprise mobility things to remember.
1. Map the Process.
You are investing in this technology to generate a positive business impact. Likely the process or workflow is either paper based or using an earlier form of mobile tech perhaps on defunct or unsupportable systems. The important thing is does this process map either how the organisation does this task now or how they intend that it should work. The scope for process re-engineering does not come along very often, make sure you take the opportunity to question the norm.
Once your app has been built test it on your selected devices – A step easily forgotten but it’s important. Not all enterprise mobility apps and deployment scenarios are suited to a smartphone. If you are using line of business devices they all behave slightly differently, how does your app run? How do users get on with devices ergonomically? What are comms like in the locales where the devices will be used?
A large retail stock control project we were recently involved in rejected one device as the scan trigger was considered badly positioned, not something to find out the morning you deploy 100’s of devices.
Ask for feedback from the people who will actually be using the mobile application. It does not matter what the app does if the mobile worker is not able to use it successfully. Keep it simple, going from a paper based process to a mobile device is a paradigm shift so plan ahead and do not do the project in isolation.
Take the time to train your team and familiarise them with how the apps and devices work. User experience is paramount. Not everyone is as familiar with technology as we like to think. Task a project member to help others understand how to operate their new device. You know how to turn it on when to charge it and how to flip from numeric to alpha keyboard but does everyone? Host a workshop or create a user guide.
MobileWorxs at The Fleet World Fleet Show 2014
MobileWorxs will be exhibiting at The Fleet World Fleet Show 2014 which is taking place next Wednesday 9th April at Silverstone.
On our stand C4 we will be joined by the Professional Services division of Leversedge Telecom who provide installation and maintenance services for all manner of vehicle based activities.
Come along to have a chat about
- Enterprise Mobility.
- Rugged Mobile Devices.
- User definable vehicle inspection software VisWorxs and other apps.
- In vehicle equipment installation and maintenance.
Our goal is to help you scope define and finance your project in such a way that you improve your business processes and generate a meaningful return on your investment. See you at the show
Motorola Solutions Launch MC40 for Retail Enterprise Mobility
The availability of Android based devices for line of business applications continues as Motorola launch the MC40 for retail enterprise mobility.
MC40 comes with a 4.1″ 300 NIT capacitive screen running Android 2.3 and all the other bells and whistles we have already learnt to expect from a device in this category
Options include a Magnetic Stripe Reader and an interesting assortment of charging accessories and cradles.
It is also available in various groovy colours !
Check out the MC40 Specification Sheet for complete details.
What is it For ?
Motorola Solutions have been talking about this unit for sometime so no surprise that they chose the NRF retail exhibition in New York to introduce it as:
“MC40 is the first multi-purpose mobile computer for retail that incorporates inventory management with collaboration and line busting mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) capabilities in a compelling form factor”
MC40 Appeal Beyond Retail
It is likely that this category of product will start to be seen a lot more in enterprise mobility projects outside the retail as major projects are already asking for Android based rugged handhelds. Users will easily adopt this form factor as it has become so familiar in the consumer area. The MC40 comes with a relatively high list price but do not expect huge discounts unless you have a huge order to place.
Other than Android why else will it appeal to projects outside retail:
- Product Longevity – likely to be a lot longer in production than consumer brands which helps make sense of managing the life cycle of a large deployment.
- Built for High Frequency use – the enterprise mobility manufacturers know a thing or two about building rugged products that will see many bumps drops and scrapes.
- Break Fix and Total Cost of Ownership – Having a rugged handheld in the field is in part based on the premise that in the event of a fault the facility exists to repair it rather than send it for scrap. Manufacturers like Motorola have a lot of their business invested in repair services so expect this to be a big TCO value added dimension for the MC40.
- Accessories – I know boring! but having docking cradles spare battery chargers etc can really make all the difference to the usability of any mobile computer.
- Like the X1 and the 70e the MC40 could be susceptible to theft so best to revise employee procedures and load up with MDM software.
- Bring Your Own Device – The MC40 will make an attractive 3 Year BYOD bundle when combined with finance, support airtime and a process specific app.
MobileWorxs can help you navigate your way through the device selection process and help you deliver an enterprise mobility project that adds value to your business.
Introducing the Handheld Algiz 10X
The New Handheld Algiz 10X Rugged Tablet PC uses sophisticated and well proven technology that help it withstand harsh weather conditions and rough handling.
The perfect match for today’s mobile workforce.
Running your existing or process specific applications is easy as the 10X operates on a powerful Intel® Atom™ N2800 dual-core processor. It has either a 64 or 128 GB SSD, expandable via microSD™ and 4 GB of DDR3 RAM, offering top-of-the-line computing capability and massive storage capacity. It runs Windows 7 Ultimate, and is ready for Windows 8.
With a starting price of under £2,000, the Handheld Algiz 10X is more expensive than non-ruggedized tablets, but it’s a great return on investment and a bargain for businesses that cannot afford the downtime that breakages with consumer grade devices often cause.
Handheld Algiz 10X Durability
Even with such a portable size, the 10X rugged tablet pc is built to withstand the harsh conditions that come with all kinds of industry fieldwork. It’s IP65-rated and meets stringent MIL-STD-810G military standards for protecting against dust, water, vibrations drops extreme temperatures and varying altitudes.
Handheld Algiz 10X Ergonomics
10X features the latest generation of MaxView™ technology, with a brilliant 10.1-inch touchscreen that’s perfect for field professionals who need a large display to handle detailed maps or other visuals. The screen’s ambient light sensor adjusts the back light automatically – so collecting data in bright sunlight is just as easy as reviewing it indoors. The 10X is also only 32mm thick and weighs in at just 1.3 kg.
Read a full review of the 10X at Rugged PC Review
At MobileWorxs we believe the Handheld Algiz 10X offers a great return on investment with a 3 year extended warranty it is available for around £62 a month on a 36 month lease. The versatility of the 10X makes it ideal for users in any environment considering rugged tablet pc deployments including agriculture transport and logistics, field service, facilities management, van sales, retail supply chain manufacturing warehousing and the public sector.
How can NEW Handheld Algiz 10X rugged tablet PC help in your Enterprise Mobile deployment ? – try one FREE for 10 days.
Cloud Solution Vs Thick Client – Devices
When looking to move away from outdated paper forms to a mobile application businesses have two options; choose a cloud solution Vs thick client based solution. Choosing the device should be the easier part !
Many people new to mobile applications often consider using the latest iOS Smartphone or Android tablet as they look stylish, the workforce wants a new phone and they are cheap when compared to other devices. Taken in isolation 9 times out of 10 this has been proven to be a costly error, why? because the mobile application development should fit the business need before selecting the device. Choosing the wrong device is expensive creates issues for the users and does not leverage the investment made against the application. It can also make a nonsense of any total cost of ownership projections.
The application needs to be defined –What data needs to be captured i.e. scan barcodes, RFID, capture GPS, capture signature, how much text? How long will the application be in use for each day? What environment is the device used in? How big will these screens be? How many pages will the application span over? Will other software be required to run?
If a signature is required the device criteria is quickly narrowed down removing a vast percentage of Smartphone devices that are touch only screens. Adding barcode scanning and/or RFID can be done with Smartphone devices and a handheld scanner, but for ease of use a rugged handheld would be the recommended option with a scanner built in. If the application is used throughout the day power consumption will be high so you may need extended batteries and a stable method of charging the device when on the move.
The environment needs to be factored in if the device should be rugged to avoid damage when knocked or dropped? Does it need to be protected from heavy rain showers or continuous bright sunlight? Could the user be wearing gloves or have dirty hands needing a stylus or keyboard? And is the device used indoors or outdoors? Screen brightness for good readability changes from device to device.
Another high priority is the screen size. Larger screens means less pages, quicker form completion and increased application overview. The trade off is size Vs ease of use.
Other factors are what other applications need to run on the device and the level of warranty required. If users need desktop software in the field the quick solution would be to look at Windows 7 Rugged Tablets. A one year limited warranty on a smartphones Vs a 3 year fully inclusive maintenance agreement on a Rugged Tablet PC could mean that in a typical deployment a project could be acquiring Smartphones 2 or 3 times over.
When considering a Cloud Solution Vs Thick Client – Devices. The key question is: If a device doesn’t have the correct features to fit the business needs then why consider it for short-term savings? Buy the correct device once or buy the wrong device several times over?
Enterprise Mobile Apps Device Ports features and accessories
As part of your project it is important to make sure your enterprise mobile apps device ports features and accessories are all set to support your investment in apps software.
For example if the software contains GPS tracking then the obvious solution is to purchase a mobile device with GPS built in. The same goes for scanning barcodes signing on screen or reading file from a USB stick.
GPS is a feature commonly used for in vehicle Sat Nav. It is also a feature used in GPS tracking systems and in specific software such as utilities to check location on pipes, cables etc. In the last case the GPS needs to be very accurate so compatible with WAAS/EGNOS.
Will the device ever need to read from a removable data source are PDF maintenance plans or boiler manuals required? The device must therefore have a way of reading from SD card or USB sticks. If the documents are full A4 documents containing a lot of text or images then the screen needs to be suitable size as well as the device running to software to run it such as Microsoft Office or Acrobat Reader.
Accessing data locally, leads to accessing data remotely; Does the device need a 3G connection to send/receive jobs throughout the day? Will the device be out of the office for days at a time so 3G is a definite requirement or will intermittent Wi-Fi suffice? Ethernet is another option for connecting to backend and online systems but usually only when in the office or working from home or hotel.
Saving the data locally once having accessed it is the next step. Is a specific manual required when at the customer site and will there be a 3G or Wi-Fi connection? In most cases the user will want to download the document to the device. Tablet hard drives can range up to 128GB, enough for almost all requirements.
Those are the basic features handheld and tablets can be supplied with. Additional features can include 1D and 2D barcodes scanners, RFID scanner and serial ports.
Once the device features have been decided the accessories are then an option. If the devices needs charging in the office or in a vehicle a variety of docks are available from a 4 slot multi-docks charging 4 units are once to a vehicle cradle wired directly into the vehicle power supply. Other more basic accessories can be carry cases, and spares such as stylus’s and screen protectors. All of which help to protect your investment.
The key question is: With so many cheaper, but limited Smartphones on the market should your business look at what features they require in a device or what will be a tolerable device for the least amount of money?
What sort of Mobile Device Choices are there for an Enterprise Mobility Project?
In part due to a lack of real alternatives most enterprise mobility projects in the past have ended up on a rugged PDA using a Windows Mobile OS. Today the landscape is starting to change and the choices more complex so what are your options?
Stick with a Windows Mobile .NET PDA
Well known mobile phone device companies do not seem too interested in designing rugged hand held terminals. So the manufacturers specific to the enterprise mobility sector have adopted many of the features of consumer devices and rolled them into their own products. The ones that sell in volume are now called “Enterprise Digital Assistants” like the Motorola ES400 which looks more like a chunky smart phone than something specific to a unique market. Users are still finding this a good option especially for refresh situations or where the application process is well understood.
A series of industry mergers has reduced the number of large active manufacturers specific to this segment although every year another ODM appears from the far East so it appears there are actually more vendors than ever. All of the top tier enterprise mobility device vendors actively use two tier distribution to get their product to market so price competition at reseller level is intense.
Use a desktop OS in the field
Organisations have been using versions of Microsoft desktop OS in field based enterprise mobility projects for many years. Where keyboard input a larger screen computing power and remote data storage are important many users have opted for units such as rugged laptops.
Intel’s Atom chipset has helped manufacturers come up with rugged tablet pc products that have more powerful computing power larger than PDA size screen and use Windows 7. For many the attraction is an OS that they are already familiar with in an attractive package that they may already have apps optimised for.
Try something new
The plethora of smart phones using Android and iOS has given many users the opportunity to use a new class of less expensive feature rich portables. It has also led to many questioning the whole paradigm of total lifetime cost Vs the perception of how rugged a device needs to be in the hands of a mobile worker. These units are eating up traditional phone market share and are already challenging the enterprise mobility notion that Microsoft on a rugged PDA is always best.
The increasing popularity of mobile application development using HTML 5 is making available more business process orientated apps. Old school manufacturers are also likely to adopt Android and bring new products to market. This month Honeywell a manufacturer in the enterprise mobility sector launched an Android version of one of their traditional products.
We have touched on a few of the many factors to consider. The key point is not to let the choice of hardware dictate what is best for your project. Always start with a thorough understanding of what your business problem is first consult widely and only then start to consider which device will be the best investment long term.