[NTLK] Pen computing in field environments

J.M. Heinrichs minicapt1 at mac.com
Tue Dec 14 14:01:22 EST 2010

1.  http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htiw/20100930.aspx
2.  http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htcbtsp/articles/20100122.aspx
3.  http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htecm/articles/20101011.aspx
4.  http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htecm/articles/20100411.aspx

The US military's current battlefield/soldier digitization program was prompted by unofficial field use of the Newton Messagepad beginning c.1996.

J.M. Heinrichs
 minicapt1 at mac.com

On 14 Dec 10, at 8:59, Lloyd Conway wrote:

>      Our Newtons have a distinct advantage over other PDAs in that they 
> have HWR and are pen computers.  (By way of comparison, my iPod Touch 
> and my wife's iPad do many things well, but smudgy fingerprints on a 
> keyboard are not an endearing trait, and using an aftermarket stylus 
> only partially alleviates the problem.)
>      We are not alone, however, in valuing pen computing:  The link 
> below is to a spec sheet for DRM Systems' JV-5, a field computer they 
> developed for the Army.  You can distinctly see the stylus in the hand 
> of the soldier in the picture.  The JV-5 also has a touchscreen, but 
> soldiers often are gloved in field environments, rendering iPad-style 
> touchscreen uses impractical.  I don't know if this device has HWR, but 
> it would have to be within the realm of possibility, since the JV-5 
> comes recognizes stylus input.
>     I share this in the hope that Newtontalk readers may find it of 
> interest.
> Regards,
> -Lloyd Conway
>  Charlotte, Michigan
> http://www.drs-ts.com/pdf/JV-5_low-res.pdf
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