Joins Bluetooth SIG; Readies Bluetooth-enabled version of its products
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (November 14, 2000) - Maintaining its product's wireless capability while increasing cross-device communication, Mi-Co today announced the development of a Bluetooth -enabled version of its pen-on-paper solutions.
To ensure that its offerings adhere to the Bluetooth standard, Mi-Co recently joined the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) - an organization comprised of leaders in the telecommunications, computing, and network industries that is driving development of the technology and bringing it to market. Mi-Co joined as an early adopter member, enabling the company to participate in key meetings and giving Mi-Co early access to evolving Bluetooth technology specifications.
Bluetooth wireless technology - a developing standard open for any vendor - is set to revolutionize the personal connectivity market by providing freedom from wired connections. Bluetooth is a specification for a small-form factor, low-cost radio solution providing links between mobile computers, mobile phones and other portable handheld devices, and connectivity to the Internet.
"Our close working relationship with Ericsson enabled us to take our existing offerings and begin enhancing them with Bluetooth," said Jim Clary, Mi-Co's co-founder and CEO. "Bluetooth will add functionality and ease-of-use to our products and services - allowing our customers to use our products with other Bluetooth-enabled device."
Mi-Co's pen-on-paper solutions, a combination of hardware, software and application services, include Mi-NotePad - a product that enables handheld mobile device users to digitally capture and store, free-form and form-based handwriting and sketches. This product complements Mi-Co's Mi-Messages , a service that enables users to efficiently transmit this information wirelessly - via standard e-mail applications - to other PDAs, personal computers, faxes, or other enterprise-class applications. In addition, Mi-Co's unique forms-based technology also enables easy and efficient wireless data input for a number of vertical industries including medical, banking/insurance, legal, public safety and CRM.
"Bluetooth lets our customers perform their business functions with additional ease and freedom," added Daniel Leslie, vice president of sales for Mi-Co. "For example, an insurance agent could leave her Bluetooth-enabled phone in her car - or anywhere else within a 30-foot radius - and still be able to fill out a handwritten claim form with our product, distribute that form to other business units, initiate a billing process, and notify third parties to begin repairs. And, all with the stroke of a pen."
With offices in Raleigh, N.C. and Research Triangle Park, N.C., Mi-Co (pronounced "my co" and short for "Mobile Internet" corporation) offers intuitive pen-on-paper Mobile
Internet solutions for data capture, storage and communication. Mi-Co's solutions use handwriting technology to make Mobile Internet devices easier to use for enterprise professionals, business users and consumers.
The company's founders - James Clary and Gregory Clary - formed Mi-Co by combining their experience in electronics, handwriting-capture technology, PDAs, handheld computers and SmartPhones. For more information, visit www.mi-corporation.com.