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Datalogic Formula

Pocket-sized laser scanning terminal
(by Conrad H. Blickenstorfer)

The Datalogic Formula is a very small laser scanner measuring just 6 x 2.2 inches and weighing a minuscule 7.3 ounces. It's designed for a variety of scanning applications such as inventory, shelf replenishment, order entry, asset tracking, price management, etc. The device is based on a non-specified 8-bit processor, runs a proprietary Datalogic operating system, and has a small display that can show 16 lines by 16 characters.

Don't be fooled by what seems like a throwback to the olden days of proprietary data terminals. The Formula is a thoroughly modern device with a user-accessible SD Card slot, integrated high-speed USB and a mini-USB connector, and optional Bluetooth Version 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate. Integrated RS232 serial is present as well.

The integrated Class 2 laser scanner can be used at distances ranging from two inches to about three feet. It reads a variety of codes, including EAN13, EAN128, UPC/A-E, 2/5 family, Code 128, Code 93, Code 2/7, 3/9 family, MSI, Delta A IBM, Codabar (NW7), PAKO, Zellweger, and Storagetek.

Despite its small size, the Datalogic Formula is very robust. It has an IP54 ingress protection rating, 4-foot drop resistance, and can handle operating temperatures between 32 and 122 degrees Fahrenheit.

The devices comes with some ready-to-use applications for inventory, code quantity and pocking. A software developer's toolkit and an EasyGen rapid application generaotr are also available.

Added/last update Added July 2009
Form-factor Pocket-size Laser Terminal
CPU Speed 8-bit CMOS microprocessor
OS Datalogic proprietary
Card slots 1 SD
Display type Backlit LCD
Display size/res NA/16 lines x 16 characters
Digitizer/pens none
Keyboard/keys 25-key silicon rubber keys, incl. 4 nav keys and 4 function keys
Navigation directional control, triggers
Housing Industrial plastic
Operating Temp 32 to 122F
Sealing IP54
Shock 4 foot drop
Size (WxHxD) 2.2 x 6.0 x 1.6
Weight 7.3 ounces
Power Li-Ion 3.7V, 1,000mAh or 2,000mAh
Interface USB 1.1 client, RS232, various laser, dock
Wireless Optional Bluetooth V2.0 + EDR
List price Seen at US$700-750
Contact www.mobile.datalogic.com
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