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Bluebird Pidion BIP-7000

Small and handy, but very rugged industrial handheld computer with Windows CE or Windows and pistol grip otion Mobile
(by Conrad H. Blickenstorfer)

The Pidion line of rugged and industrial handhelds is made by Bluebird, a Korean company that has been in the mobile computer hardware business since 1998. Specializing in products serving enterprise mobility (AIDC) and payment industries, Bluebird's offerings also include bardcode scanners, RFID readers, and printer-integrated handhelds. The BIP-7000 described on this page is the company's entry into rugged industrial handhelds with optional gun-style handle.

The Pidion BIP-7000 is a "flashlight"-style industrial handheld computer that can be equipped with a pistol grip handle for scan-intensive applications. Despite its designation as an industrial-strength computing tool, the BIP-7000 is a fairly small and handy devices that weighs just 11 ounces. Its resistive touch screen is on the small side as well—just 2.8 inches diagonally, and using 240 x 320 pixel QVGA resolution. The 7000's 40-key keypad, on the other hand, is large and ergonomically designed, and offers a wealth of assignable and programmable function keys as well as shifted functions and three dedicated scanner keys.

On the technology side, the Pidion is built on mature vertical market mobile computing hardware and software. For processing power, the BIP-7000 relies on the rather powerful 806MHz version of the competent Marvell PXA320 chip. This is the fastest and most powerful version of the PXA processors that have been used in Pocket PCs and Windows Mobile handhelds for many years. On the software side, the 7000 Series comes with either the developer-oriented Windows CE 5.0 that continues to have wide-ranging support, or the more enduser-oriented Windows Mobile 6.5.

The BIP-7000 is clearly designed for use with an integrated scanner, and Bluebird offers the unit with either a 1D/PDF417 Class II laser scanner or a 1D/2D CMOS imager. The device also comes with an integrated 3-megapixel auto-focus camera with an illuminator light. This won't replace a dedicated digital camera, but can be used for close-ups and asset condition documentation.

For wireless connectivity, the BIP-7000 comes with Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR and either single band 802.11b/g or dual band 802.11a/b/g WiFi. Optional 3.5G wireless broadband and GPS allow both real-time voice and data communication as well as fleet management, route accounting and other GPS-assisted applications.

The BIP-7000 is a rugged device that can handle multiple six-foot drops onto steel, has an unusually wide operating temperature range from minus 22 to 158 degrees Fahrenheit, and carries IP65 sealing, which means it is totally sealed against dust an can also handle low-pressure water jets from all directions. The unit's Li-Ion battery packs a modest 8.4 watt-hours (which Bluebird says is full shift capable), with a more powerful 12.5 watt-hour extended battery also available.

Bluebird clearly designed the BIP-7000 for those who need industrial-class scanning and data capture capabilities in a durable, rugged device, but who want it in a handy package that fits anywhere and won't weigh them down.

As of February 2016, the BIP-7000 is listed as an active product on the mypideon.com website.

Specifications Bluebird Pidion BIP-7000
Added/changed Added 02/2012, updated 02/2016
Form-factor Industrial handheld computer
CPU Speed Marvell PXA320/806 MHz
OS Microsoft Windows CE 5.0 or Embedded Handheld 6.5
RAM/ROM 128-256MB/256-512MB
Card slots 1 user-accessible micro-SDHC
Display type Backlit TFT with 262k colors
Display size/res 2.8"/240 x 320 pixels
Digitizer/pens Analog resistive touch
Keyboard/keys 40-key shifted alpha
Navigation touch, stylus, keypad
Housing Plastic/rubber
Operating Temp -22° to 158°F (-30° to 70°C)
Sealing IP65
Shock Multiple 6 foot drops to steel surface
Size (WxHxD) 2.8 x 7.7 x 1.3 inches (72 x 197 x 34 mm)
Weight 10.8 oz. (306g) with standard battery
Power Rechargeable 3.7V/2,260mAH Li-Ion; extended 3.7V/3,390mAH Li-Ion available
Interface USB 1.1 host and client, RS232 (via cable)
Wireless 802.11b/g or 802.11a/b/g WiFi (Cisco CCX v4 certified), Bluetooth Class II v2.0 + EDR, GSM /GPRS /eGPRS /UMTS /HSDPA or CDMA /1X, optional A-GPS
Camera 3.0-megapixel autofocus with illuminator
Scanner 1D Class II laser scanner or 1D/2D CMOS imager
Safety Unknown
RF Unknown
ESD Unknown
Price Inquire
Product brochure BIP-7000 specs (PDF)
Web page BIP-7000 web page