Socket Communications, Inc is entering a new market by offering wearable bar code scanning products. The company will offer a tiny Cordless Ring Scanner that transmits scanned bar code data via Bluetooth to mobile computers. It is typically worn on the index finger giving the user hands free operation for increased productivity and ease of use.
“Venture Development Corporation estimates the global wearable computing market for industrial applications at US$175 million in 2005 and expects it to exceed US$270 million by 2007,” said David Krebs, Mobile & Wireless practice director at Venture Development Corporation. “Hands free scanning or data input solutions can provide significant process efficiencies in environments such as warehouses and distribution centers where workers physically handle large volumes of products.”
Limited production units of the Cordless Ring Scanner will be available late Q4 2005, with full production beginning in Q1 2006. The units will include SocketScan, the keyboard emulation software that directs scanned data into Windows, Palm or Symbian application as virtual key strokes. A Software Developers Kit will be available separately for developers who wish to embed control of the Ring Scanner into their applications.