Trying on new technology

Xybernaut Corp., a maker of wearable computers, debuted it latest model, the Mobile Assistant V, at the Comdex trade show this week in Las Vegas.

This full-featured computer contains a 500 MHz Intel Corp. Mobile Celeron processor and can run Microsoft Corp. Windows 98, 2000 and XP as well as Linux.

The computer's standard 128M of SDRAM is expandable to 256M, and the unit contains a 5G hard drive that is expandable externally to 40G. In addition, a 1G removable hard drive can be added through the use of a 1G CompactFlash card.

The Mobile Assistant V offers integrated wireless communications as well as an integrated Digital Signal Processor (DSP) for increased processing efficiency of such calculation-intensive applications as speech recognition.

An optional wearable holster provides additional dedicated FireWire, USB, PC Card and battery power. The VGA port in the holster allows it to be used as a docking station for a standard desktop setup.

Other features include built-in handwriting recognition; activation via voice, passive stylus or touch-screen; and a magnesium alloy case.

The Mobile Assistant V sells for $3,995.

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