With the recent announcement of the MC9500, Motorola have shown that they are heavily involved in changing the way handheld computer technology works. This will no doubt impact and change the way businesses work and utilise these devices. We wanted to be one of the first to share this new leap in technological ideas and designs from Motorola.
So what's the fuss about?

Mobility Architecture eXtensions, (MAX) will allow Motorola mobile computers to deliver value throughout their lifetime. MAX offers groundbreaking modular technology, universal accessories and improved day-to-day management, allowing the handheld to change with your business demands.
Flexibility & Protecting Future Investments
With MAX Backroom Management, Motorola are introducing a one-of-a-kind universal accessory system which means future handheld computers including the MC9500 will be able to utilise the same accessories as other handhelds in their range. The new modular design has been created to reduce the capital and operational costs in the backroom related to batteries, cradles, battery chargers, cables, and other accessories.
Modular Technology
Motorola has introduced modular components for their handhelds. This means that if your business requirements change, you can just purchase a different module rather than a new handheld.
MAX FlexWAN
If you want the possibility of using a wide area network (WAN) in the future, you don't have to spend more and buy a WAN model now. You can simply purchase the WAN card when you need it and simply fit it yourself by unscrewing the keypad, screwing in the card and rebooting the device. You don't need to send it back to the manufacturer or to a service provider to fit, saving time and money.
MAX Keypad
The flexible keypad options mean that should your business demands change, through the simplicity of two screws you can change the way your handheld functions. You can choose from four options:

  • Alpha numeric - for users who will be entering heavy text and numeric data.
  • Alpha - offering full alpha keys plus shifted numeric keys, this keypad is ideal for users who will mainly enter text.
  • Numeric telephony - For users who will primarily utilise the device for phone calls and some numeric data.
  • Numeric Calculator - For users who will enter primarily numeric data in applications such as DSD.



Sensor Technology
Motorola's new MAX Sensor provides an interactive sensor technology which enables their handheld computers to use motion-based applications such as dynamic screen orientation and power management. This enables sensing, collecting, reporting and acting on device movement. For example, when the device is handed to a customer to sign for proof of delivery, the signature screen will automatically orient itself depending upon how the customer chooses to hold the device. MAX Sensor can also be used to detect and report on device misuse.
Battery Management
One of the largest advances included in the MAX development are the alterations they have made to the humble battery. This revised battery now utilises indicators to report both its state of charge and health, allowing users to proactively change batteries when needed. Another function of intelligent battery management uses the motion sensor technology to preserve power whenever the device is not in use. As a result, battery life is maximised, preventing users from running out of battery power during a shift, protecting the productivity of your workforce and ensuring business continuity.

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