Add a PC Card to a Palm or Sony Model with the Guyver (Updated)
RV Tec has begun offering the Guyver, a clip-on sled that allows a handheld to use wired and wireless PC Cards. There are versions for Palm's m500 series and Sony Clié models. The Guyver is a metal sled that has a single a Type II PC Card slot.
The company gives a long list of PC Card modems that are compatible with the Guyver. This includes ones that use GSM, GPRS, and CDMA wireless networks plus others. It also supports several 802.11 (Wi-Fi) wireless networking cards.
The Guyver has its own memory which contains drivers for many PC cards. It has been designed to make it as easy as possible for the user to set up a modem. It also has its own rechargeable battery to give power to the PC Card.
The adapter sled is made up of a central unit to which adapters are attached to make it fit various handheld models.
With the m500 series adapter attached, the Gyver is 5.2 by 3.2 by .5 inches. It weighs 4.2 ounces with its battery.
Pricing for the Guyver is not available.
Update: According to Tommy Fung, Business Development Officer of PDAsia Limited, a partner of RV Tec, the price for the Guyver is depends on the local distributor in different countries. The Sony version won't be available until mid- to late-September and more information on which models will be supported will be released at that time. Companies interested in distributing the Guyver in their home country should contact PDAsia.
Parachute Technologies makes PC Card adapters for the Palm III series and the HandEra 330.
I've written to RV Tec asking about pricing and which Sony models this works with. However, it is after working hours in Hong Kong where the company is based.
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