All week I have been wishing for the warmer weather of Mediterranean coast with my colleagues Mark Tauschek and Mike Battista who are over in Barcelona Spain soaking in all the wonderful information at the Mobile World Congress and as the Mobility Event of the year wraps up…I took a look out to the wide world of wackiness that I missed!
Over at CNet they have an interesting spin on the strange new products that are coming out and I thought that I would pick my favorite “strangeness” and look deeper at the products.
First up…the Caterpiller CAT B15 Smartphone. Taking the biased against Caterpiller out of the equation (for those unfamiliar, here in London, ON Caterpiller closed a plant last year after receiving Federal Grants to keep it running). The concept of a truly ruggedized phone is interesting and it actually makes sense that the Heavy Equipment manufacturer puts its name to something like this.
The specs for this Android Phone are on par with other mid to high end Smart Phones sporting a dual core 1GHz processor, 4 inch display and a 5 MegaPixel Camera. The real win for this phone is the fact that it can “take a licking and keep on ticking” being IP67 Certified.
Dell’s Project Ophelia is a USB Key sized computer that removes the need for lugging around a Laptop. It connects to any HDMI capable display and brings the full power of an Android OS with it. With a dual core 1.6 GHz processor, 8GB of storage and built in WiFi all this for under $100 is quite impressive.
But as I get older, the Fujitsu Next Generation Cane may just be what I need to be able to get around!
The Cane comes packed with all that goodness that a connected person would need with Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS and Cellular Radio. For tracking or guidance this device while kind of out there…is interesting to say the least.
Well, here’s to hoping that I will be able to come up with the $4000 to attend next year’s conference…because it would be a real kick to take a week to play with all the gadgets and learn more about the future of mobility!
Chris J Powell