Flander have announced this rather interesting device for
the 9210. Basically the device looks like an IR pod, but its
not. Although it does receive data over IR the intention is
that the device then transmits this via a VGA cable to some
sort of display device (either a monitor or a projector).
It works by transmitting .jpg file (JPEG) to the box and then
these are sent to the display device.
The unit comes with software to enable converison of Powerpoint
software, but many other presentation packages also allow
outputting to .jpg files of individual slides. The purpose
of the device is to enable the Nokia 9210 to run presentations.
This means you no longer need to take a laptop or other computer
along with you. It seems most ingenious if somewhat limted
to me. (e.g. why couldn't you run it off the serial port [or
indeed keep the iR] and have the box convert it to a signal
so it could be used as a true VGA output - then you could
have constant updates from the 9210 - something similar to
the Psion Series 7 GA PC Card?). Having said that this is
a very nice device... and it weighs only 175g and is less
than 10cm x 10cm and is about an inch thick!
Anyway the website describes the device thus:
Irma™ - the Infrared Mobile Accessory is a concept which
enables you to show professional PowerPoint® presenta tions
without a laptop computer. To show a presentation using Irma™,
you must first convert it with Windows software (included)
and store it in your Nokia 9210 Communicator. After this you
simply connect the Irma™ to a data projector or a monitor
and show your presentation.
- size: 99x 90 x 25 (mm)
- weight: 175 g
- power: uses battery charger as a power supply
- one Infrared port for communication with Communicator
- one VGA port for data projector connection
The infrared port of Irma™ is capable of receiving data at
4Mbit/s. Bur a normal slide is transferred within 1 to 5 seconds,
given that Nokia 9210 is sending data at 115 kbit. Apparently
any size slide is supported so showing on large moinitors
wouldn't be a problem either. Rather cheeckily they claim
the slides are editable, but only as JPEGS!
The price seems fairly reasonable to with the website quoting
269 USD / 299 EUR each (thats about £150). Expensive
for some, but probably a drop in the pond for the corporations
this device is aimed at.
The website also rather tantalising promises more products
soon. Is Irma the first of a long line of accessory products
for ER6. It would certainly be nice to think so, after all
Psion ER5 users have got use to having very few expansion
option save for Psion offerings.
More information at http://www.corporatekeys.com/index.html.