Sales in the IT sector have steadily increased during the past few years, but the actual percentage cannot be directly related to the time it takes for this particular segment to incorporate new technologies. However, over the last years, specialized PCs began to emerge in various sectors, such as health and sports.
The C5 from Motion Computers is a tablet PC capable of administrating an entire hospital area. This PC can keep records related to the health of every patient and can output various alarms, each of them related to the medication or the current state of illness registered for the current day.
This tablet PC also has the ability to produce some pretty good photos that can be used to diagnose a patient without even having to see him. An RFID device can read tags and has the ability to identify each patient and correlate its identity with the dosage and the drug that is needed it order to successfully cure the illness.
On the hardware side, the small tabled PC is based on an INTEL Core Solo U1400 CPU running at 1.2GHz. The connectivity modules(INTEL 3954 ABG + wired 10/100 LAN controller) are embedded onto the motherboard and so is the graphics controller (INTEL 954GM). The 10.4-inch LCD screen has a standard resolution of 1024x786 pixels, making it suitable for instant photo-viewing. As far as the Video Ram is concerned, this tablet PC uses 256MB of Intel Dynamic Video Memory Technology.
As for the system RAM, the base line comes with 512DDR2 SO-DIMM, but the memory is upgradeable to 1.5GBs working at 533MHz (DDR). Speaking of storage, the tablet PC comes with two options: a 30GB unit and a 60GB one, each coming in an 1.8-inch form-factor.
The price-tag for this medical PC is about $3500, but that's not the biggest problem, since even if you want to buy it you won't be able to find in. At the moment only two large retailers sell this device and the stock is pretty limited.