New Laser SD Barcode Scanner from Socket

Socket Communications has announced a new SDIO laser bar code scanner. The Secure Digital Scan Card 3M (SDSC 3M) is designed for Palm OS and Windows Mobile devices. The SDSC provides for mobile 1D bar code scanning.

Socket SDIO Barcode ScannerThe SDSC 3M features a SE-955 Class 1 Laser Scanner in the SDIO form factor and is the ideal solution for users with 1D bar code scanning applications that require a portable and accurate method to collect bar code data. Half the weight and size of its competitors, the SDSC 3M allows for one-handed operation and can scan up to 30 inches depending on the bar code size. It is able to handle large volume and high speed scanning and has technology that enables the reading of damaged, poor quality and hard to read bar codes, even on curved and reflective surfaces and in dim environments.

The Secure Digital Scan Card 3M is a high-power, plug and play scanning solution that works right out of the box, said Doug Booth, Director of Technical Operations at Mosaic Sales Solutions, the largest field sales and marketing company in North America. The solution is easy and robust, and allows our mobile workforce to quickly and accurately collect data. With the Socket SDSC 3M, we have experienced a great reduction in reporting time, which translates to significant savings of time and resources.

The SDSC 3M includes SocketScan, the keyboard emulation software that directs scanned data into any Windows Mobile or Palm application as virtual keystrokes. A Software Developers Kit is available separately for developers who wish to embed control of the SDSC 3M into their applications.

The Socket Secure Digital Scan Card 3M runs on any Palm PDA running Palm OS 4.1 or greater, or any Pocket PC running Windows Mobile 2003/2003SE or Windows Mobile 5.0. The Scan Card 3M is available through Socket worldwide distribution channels, resellers and SVI Partners with an MSRP of $399.

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Nice Product

LiveFaith @ 10/27/2006 5:15:56 PM # Q
This sounds like a powerful SDIO app. Although, for the casual Treo/Zire camera equipped bar-coder, the camera based unit may be a little more portable.

Unless the stateside Treo 750 gets an external media change, this among a host of other things will be wasted on it. What a disappointment.

Pat Horne

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Gekko @ 10/27/2006 8:11:05 PM # Q

Seems a little salty. Nice profit margin as it probably costs $3 to produce.

RE: $399?
drw @ 10/27/2006 10:33:29 PM # Q
I've been using a symbol palm unit to do liquor inventory with HandBase software for a couple years now. The problem is it's so slow. I'd like to scan with my T|C. $399 is pretty high. $199 would be my purchase point.

RE: $399?
joad @ 10/28/2006 3:13:32 PM # Q
Maybe the nice news is that the older ones will come down in price. Looks like it won't work with the stubby antenna of the Treo (thanks, Palm).

RE: $399?
onestar @ 10/29/2006 12:57:58 PM # Q

We ordered one of these last week from Mobile Planet, and it cost about $240.

It's arrived, but I haven't had the chance to play with it yet...

One by one, the penguins are stealing my sanity.

RE: $399?
joad @ 10/30/2006 1:28:00 AM # Q
looks like you overpaid for the old model, Onestar. That one worked just fine when I tried it last year.

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