Lightweight Device Fits Comfortably on Index Finger for Hands Free Scanning Exclusive Ruggedized Liquidmetal Case Design offers Extreme Durability
Socket Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCKT), an innovative provider of mobile productivity products, today unveiled the Cordless Ring Scanner (CRS) 9P. A first of its kind product, the CRS uses an exclusive Liquidmetal® housing for extreme durability. The CRS combines the power of laser bar code scanning with the convenience of Bluetooth wireless technology to provide an efficient, hands-free solution that makes scanning as simple as pointing a finger.
“The underpinnings of many industries involve moving items from point A to point B in the most efficient and cost-effective way,” said Peter Phillips, vice president of marketing at Socket.
“The Cordless Ring Scanner is extremely beneficial for employees that scan everyday, all day. As a hands free scanning solution, the Cordless Ring Scanner enables users to handle materials, goods and packages quickly and efficiently without picking up and putting down a big, clumsy gun scanner to scan bar codes.”
The CRS 9P is ergonomically designed to fit comfortably on the index finger and utilizes an exclusive Liquidmetal casing, which is over twice the strength of titanium, enabling a lighter, more compact design. The CRS 9P is IP54 compliant for water and dust resistance and can sustain multiple drops from four feet. The CRS 9P also features Fuzzy Logic technology for scanning damaged, poor quality or hard-to-read bar codes. Socket’s exclusive patent-pending Error Proof Protocol ensures that scanned data is correctly received by the mobile computing device and allows for real-time validation of data and error notification to the user.
“The ability to capture data without having to handle a scanner gives an enormous boost to our customer’s workforce efficiency and productivity,” said Scott Allen, sales manager at Infologix, a provider of mobile wireless computing hardware and consulting solutions to the healthcare, industrial, pharmaceutical and enterprise mobility solution markets. “Bar coding is indispensable in warehouses and distribution environments to maintain inventory accuracy. Using a hands-free scanner such as Socket’s Cordless Ring Scanner will enable our customers to communicate data that is more accurate than the traditional methods of hand written or voice confirmations.”
The CRS 9P is tethered to a Class 1 Bluetooth device that is strapped on the wrist. The Bluetooth wrist device transmits scanned data wirelessly to a mobile computer. The wireless wrist module has a powerful Bluetooth radio that maintains a strong connection to the mobile computer without dangling cables or protruding antennas to slow the user down, restrict their movement or cause potential hazards.
“The Cordless Ring Scanner 9P from Socket is an effective solution for a variety of applications requiring a lightweight, wearable “hands-free” method of data capture,” said John Walls, managing director of The Barcode Warehouse, a UK based supplier and systems integrator of barcode products. “There is no doubt that the CRS will prove advantageous in helping us secure new business for many environments, including back office, order/parts picking, warehousing and logistics.”
The CRS 9P includes SocketScan™, the keyboard emulation software that directs scanned data into any Windows, Palm or Symbian application as virtual keystrokes. A Software Developers Kit is available separately for developers who wish to embed control of the CRS into their applications.
Features a powerful Class 2 laser for demanding scanning applications such as outdoors, long distances or through Mylar or glass
Fuzzy Logic for scanning damaged, poor quality or hard-to-read bar code labels
SocketScan™ keyboard emulation software directs scanned data into any Windows, Palm or other application as virtual keystrokes with no need for custom programming
SocketScan allows the user to add Prefix and/or Suffix functions, such as Carriage Return and Tab, to further eliminate manual keystrokes
Supported bar code symbologies can be easily enabled or disabled with SocketScan’s “Symbology Selector”
SocketScan “Scan Demo” reports symbology, length and decoded data of any scanned bar code (supported in Windows CE/Mobile and Palm OS)
2005 Sunrise Date compliant
Exclusive Liquidmetal construction – more than two times stronger than titanium
IP54 compliant which protects from dust and water
Built to sustain multiple drops from four feet to concrete
Class 1 radio with Bluetooth wireless technology has a maximum range of 300 ft (100 m) if connected to another Class 1 Bluetooth device.
Uses Bluetooth Serial Port profile
Connection indicator light
When connected to the Class 2 Bluetooth radio found in many host devices, CRS range should be approximately 50 percent greater when used in an indoor environment and 100 percent greater when used outdoors. Bluetooth range can be affected by many variables and may be significantly greater or shorter than specified.
Socket’s CRS is compatible with the following mobile computers if Bluetooth enabled: Windows Mobile 2003, Windows Mobile 5.0, and Palm OS v5.2 and later. For complete specifications, visit: http://www.socketcom.com/product/RS5500-688.asp
Pricing and availability
The CRS will be available through Socket’s worldwide distribution channels or directly from the Socket website at www.socketcom.com for an MSRP of $1199 starting in February 2006. (Source: Press Release)