Try this PC on for size: It sports a 500-MHz chip

Try this PC on for size: It sports a 500-MHz chip

Xybernaut Corp.'s newest wearable computer packs a 500-MHz Intel Mobile Celeron processor into a 6-inch-long box weighing about a pound.

The Mobile Assistant V from the Fairfax, Va., company has a hard drive of 2G to 5G and up to 256M of synchronous dynamic RAM.

The company made 8M of video SDRAM an option in response to customer requests, said Vernon T. Miskowich, Xybernaut's vice president for government and education sales.

Xybernaut offers a choice of head-mounted or flat-panel displays with either VGA or SuperVGA graphics. Third-party voice activation software can power both types, although the flat-panel display has a touch-screen function with an on-screen virtual keyboard. The company also sells a wrist-mounted, rugged minikeyboard.

The total OS

The Mobile Assistant runs full-featured Microsoft Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000 or Linux operating systems, instead of the smaller operating systems designed for personal digital assistants.

The device starts at $3,995, Xybernaut president and chief executive officer Edward G. Newman said.

Contact Xybernaut at 703-631-6925.

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