"...This wearable PC application is the culmination of the
collaborative work among Bell Canada, IBM Canada Ltd. and Xybernaut
Corporation. Earlier this year, IBM was contracted by Xybernaut to
design, develop and manufacture the computer portion of Xybernaut's
next generation of wearable computer systems. In addition to
product development, IBM introduced Xybernaut to Bell Canada as
part of their efforts to develop the market for wearable computing
for IBM's existing customers."
"The application is being managed by Bell Canada's Mobile
Communications Centre (MCC), which has provided an elite group of
Bell Canada field service technicians for the application, who will
be outfitted with the Mobile Assistant(R) IV (MA IV(R)) wearable PC
provided by Xybernaut. Functional, lightweight and form-fitting,
the MA IV(R) is a fully wireless computing and communications
device that is capable of connecting the user to the Internet and
providing a wireless voice connection. The MA IV can be configured
in many different ways, including on a vest or a belt, and is
equipped with a headset or a flat panel display for projecting and
"For the next two months, Greater Toronto Area residents
will get a rare glimpse into the future of both technology and
fashion, as Bell Canada technicians use the MA IV in all weather
and work conditions that a field technician typically encounters.
The wearable PC combines next generation mobile computing with next
generation wireless technology and enables mobile workers to
perform technical functions on-the-go. Most of the
approximately 5,000 Bell Canada field technicians currently use IBM
Thinkpad(R) laptops to access critical data remotely. If the
results of the trial application are successful, Bell Canada
intends to gradually deploy the Mobile Assistant among its field
technicians and explore the use of wearable computers as a delivery
device for their growing base of wireless users.
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