Compact, rugged handheld computer with "Green Spot" laser
(by Conrad H. Blickenstorfer)
The Datalogic Skorpio is a compact, handheld computer running Windows CE 5.0 or Windows Mobile 6.1 on a 520 MHz XScale PXA270 processor. It is a fairly compact design that weighs less than a pound, but provides either an integrated 38-key alphanumeric keypad or a 28-key numeric pad for rapid data entry for inventory, shelf replenishment, price management, order entry, assisted sales, and line busting assignments. The Skorpio's built-in high-performance VLD laser barcode scanner can handle EAN/UPC, Code 39, 2/5 Codes, Plessey, Codabar, Code 128, EAN128, MSI, Code 93 and Code 11. To make scanning easier, Datalogic equipped the Skorpio with its patented "green spot" feedback that provides a "good read" green dot directly on the code.
The Skorpio's wireless communication capabilities include Bluetooth and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi including the WPAA and WPA2 security protocols. Cisco Compatible Extensions (CCX) certification Version 3 allows access to all the advantages of the Cisco WLAN infrastructure.
Wired connectivity includes USB and 3-pin RS232. Expansion is via a CF Card slot and a Mini SD Card slot.
The Skorpio has a 240 x 320 pixel reflective QVGA display measuring 2.8 inches diagonal. Reflective display offer superb daylight readability, even in direct sunlight.
Like most Datalogic mobile computers, the Skorpio is tough and rugged. It is sealed to IP64 specifications, which means it is dust-proof and can handle water spray from all directions. It can also withstand drops from five feet to concrete, and operates within 14 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit.
Note May 25, 2011: Datalogic released a video case study that shows rationale and commentary for the deployment of about 750 Skorpio handhelds at Hasting Entertainment stores. See release and video.