HP Rugged Data Center Assistant/PDA Concept

Do you know what it is:

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New pocket PC? PDA? Phone?

Nope. It’s a new concept design by Teague called “Data Center Communications Vision of the Future Server” for HP, that scooped If Design Award at this years CeBit. It is envisioned as:

“… integrated hardware/software mobile technology device enables IT personnel to monitor data center equipment, diagnose and track problems, and perform system services. It visualizes and communicates problems related to HP servers and data centers, and works as a fully-integrated system to streamline day-to-day tasks. It synchronizes with the user’s PC to track inventory, communicating through RFID and Bluetooth to control data center access, and connects through a USB dongle to identify problems and diagnose repairs. Its rubberized surface increases the durability.”

Looks like a lot of effort for a piece of diagnostic equipment. But with rugged laptops all the rage these days, whenever HP decides to create a new rugged Pocket PC/PDA/Phone category, this gadget will be a perfect start.

Author: Stasys Bielinis

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  • Paul Larsson

    I think the HP Rugged Data Center Assistant/PDA Concept looks to bulky to be any use and inconvenient to use.you would need very large pockets to carry it in.

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  • http://www.raycodetech.com Ken

    Rugged PDA has been around for a long time. Maker like Symbol (now part of Motorola), Intermec, Teklogix has been making rugged PDA for enterprise and industrial use. What would be value add for HP in this market segment?