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LXE Inc. introduced a new addition to its line of wearable, “hands-free” computers - the HX2 wearable computer. The HX2 computer is a small, light-weight data collection computer designed to be worn on an operator’s arm or waist so that both hands are free to more effectively and efficiently perform warehouse inventory moves, including piece picking to carts, containers or conveyers; case picking; parcel moves; and broken case activities.
For a wearable computer to be embraced by the market it has to be both comfortable and easy to use. The unit’s innovative arm bands that secure both the unit and its battery keeps the wearable computer in the ready position at all times by preventing the unit from rotating around the operator’s arm - a common complaint among existing wearable users. The adaptable arm bands can be worn close to the elbow or near the wrist - whatever is the operator’s preference.
The compact HX2 wearable computer has an extraordinarily bright and crisp color display for easy viewing in any lighting conditions and from any angle - no longer is there a need for the wearable computer to be “front and center” to be read. And the large, backlit keys have been carefully designed for use in high-speed picking environments. The keys are fully mappable, so customers can customize them for specific applications.
Beyond all that, this computer is tough. It has to be to survive the tough work environments in which it will be used. The HX2 wearable computer’s magnesium alloy front and impact-resistant screen are designed to keep the unit in service and out of the repair shop. The HX2 wearable computer’s ring scanners (laser and imager) are built as tough as the main computer.
Both the HX2 computer and its ring scanner accessories were designed with safety in mind. The entire HX2 wearable computer system features breakaway connections at multiple points and a low-profile, smooth design to resist snagging on common warehouse fixtures and equipment.
“With the HX2 wearable computer along with the HX1 dedicated voice computer and the MX7 multimodal scanning/voice handheld computer, LXE will have one of the industry’s most complete suite of data collection solutions for picking,” says Jim Childress, LXE’s president and general manager. “With LXE, customers can now choose the perfect picking technology for their specific applications.”
The HX2 wearable computer is driven by the latest Windows® CE 5.0 operating system and an Intel® XScale® processor. It features an 802.11 radio with Bluetooth, so customers are prepared for the real-time business opportunities of today and tomorrow.
“We’ve integrated the feedback from dozens of current wearable customers into the design of the HX2 wearable computer,” says Patrick Drolet, LXE’s senior product manager for wearable computing. “We are developing a unit that not only significantly improves upon these existing wearable terminals, but does so in a manner that won’t disrupt operators who are comfortable with the operation of their existing terminals.”
The HX2 wearable computer also includes LXE’s ToughTalk™ technology. ToughTalk technology is LXE’s specialized combination of LXE’s trademark ruggedized system design, advanced audio circuitry and noise canceling techniques, which enable the HX2 wearable computer to support today’s industrial-grade voice recognition applications. With the HX2 computer, customers can run both their voice logistics applications and their traditional barcode scanning applications on the same unit.