What is multimodal mobile computing and how does it work?
Using multimodal technology all begins with a mobile, handheld computer that simultaneously uses several different peripherals. Devices such as those manufactured by Intermec and Symbol (Motorola) are examples of rugged mobile devices. Global positioning systems (GPS) and Bluetooth technology, barcode scanners, radio frequency identification (RFID) and Vulcan Voice, CTGs voice technology, are just some of the peripherals available. When used along with the multimodal input and output software applications, the entire system can dramatically reduce costs.
The scanners used for barcodes have been used by both manufacturers and distributors for many years. Mobile devices can accomplish many tasks, but they are often used for one important one: scanning barcodes. But imagine if these powerful multimodal devices were used for many more operations?
The barcode scanning device could be doing many more tasks than just scanning the barcodes. A store employee could be using this same mobile unit for cycle counting, reporting DOA items, shelf replenishing, doing inventory, or even communicating with other...