Friday, October 31, 2008

Motion Computing’s “Tell Us Your Story Campaign” Demonstrates How Tablet PCs Are Changing The Way People Work

Motion is accepting entries for the “Tell Us Your Story” campaign through Dec. 19, 2008.

Visit to access the entry form or read winner submissions.

AUSTIN, TX – Oct. 30, 2008 – Motion Computing®, a leader in mobile computing and wireless communications, announced today that its recently launched “Tell Us Your Story” campaign is confirming that tablet PCs are improving the way mobile users are conducting business. End-users around the world are responding with their own unique examples of how Motion’s tablet PCs have improved productivity and mobile workflows.

Kicked-off on Oct. 6, 2008, the campaign encourages both end-users and resellers to submit stories about how Motion tablets have improved they way they work.

Kevin Kauffman, senior application development specialist with Penn National Insurance reported that Motion tablet PCs have helped the provider of property-casualty insurance and surety bonds improve productivity by enabling representatives to complete more surveys in less time and improve data accuracy through the ability to directly input information into the tablets while in the field.

“Using Motion tablet PCs has helped Penn National Insurance create a totally automated process that reduces time and expenses, streamlines workflows, and equips representatives to become risk management consultants through the availability of real-time data,” said Kauffman. “After our initial success with the tablets, we are now well-positioned to pursue additional mobile projects for even more value.”

Michael Devenjin, IT manager with Macadam, an automotive services company in Belgium that provides vehicle assessments for leasing companies across Europe, reported that Motion tablet PCs have replaced paper-based processes, resulting in an 18 percent productivity improvement. Assessors now provide repair costs while at the customer site and have further enhanced customer service through the added ability to reroute assessors in real-time based on their location.

“Macadam differentiates itself from competitors by providing service and gathering necessary information on site,” said Devenjin. “Using the tablet PCs in the field improves documentation accuracy and has turned a highly inefficient, paper-based process into a streamlined process that improves productivity and more importantly, helps us further differentiate from our competitors through an enhanced level of customer service.”

Motion has received entries from across a variety of industries, including education, legal, healthcare and technology; a testimony to the depth and breadth of tablet PC usability. Both Motion resellers and end-users are reporting a reduction in paper use, improved productivity through the immediate electronic documentation of data, improved customer service and improved mobile efficiency.

“Motion is excited about the opportunity to gather feedback from our customers and partners about unique applications, workflow improvements and productivity benefits,” said Mike Stinson, vice president of marketing, Motion Computing. “We have focused our products on the needs of mobile workers in a variety of vertical markets and are pleased to learn details of the positive impacts tablet PCs have across industries and geographies.”

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Save almost $1,000 on Lenovo X200 Tablet PC bundles

Lenovo only sells their TopSeller models through resellers like Allegiance Tablet PC Experts. These are preconfigured bundles that cannot be modified. Usually, they are a little better deal than what is available on the Lenovo website. When the Lenovo X200 Tablet PC was released, we posted the TopSeller models on our website. Then a customer advised us that the difference between one particular model, the 7449EKU, was almost $1,000 less than if he had ordered it as a Build To Order on Lenovo's website. I didn't believe it until I tried it myself.

Here is a screen capture of the configuration from Lenovo's website:

You can buy the same exact configuration from us for only $2,199:

Allegiance Tablet PC Experts Lenovo TopSeller 7449EKU

Doubtful this could be true? I would be too. Here is a link to the IBM/Lenovo website that shows all the configs for their computers:

IBM/Lenovo Personal Systems Reference for ThinkPad Notebooks

Using the bookmarks on the left side, go down to the tab for ThinkPad X200 Tablet (7449) - TopSeller. You'll see this:

The second TopSeller (744988U) has similar savings. Here is the Lenovo BTO shopping cart:

Versus a price of just $1,949 on our website:

Allegiance Tablet PC Experts Lenovo TopSeller 744988U

These TopSeller configuration have the same delivery time of 2-3 weeks. Keep in mind that since Allegiance only has an office in Pennsylvania, that is the only place where we are obligated to collect sales tax. The tablet will have to be shipped to use first and then sent to you but for the cost of around $45 in shipping you can get a heckuva deal.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Tablets in the Classroom

WIPTE is the Workshop on the Impact of Pen-Based Technology on Education. Their annual conference will be held on October 16-18 this year and if you are in the area of Purdue University, you can get more information here.

Here is some more information from the WIPTE website:

WIPTE is open to anyone with an interest in instructional technology. A wide variety of disciplines are embracing Tablet PC's and similar pen-based devices as tools for the radical enhancement of teaching and learning. This conference is intended to leverage this shared passion and to identify best practices in the educational use of pen-based computing so that all educators may benefit from this next generation of technology. Each WIPTE paper presentation includes an assessment component as an important part of the presentation. The WIPTE program also includes keynote talks, poster presentations, vendor booths, panels, and special sessions.

Searching through the website, I found a couple cool videos. They look like they are definitely "sponsored" productions but interesting nonetheless.

This video shows how teachers and students at Forest Ridge of the Sacred Heart are using the digital organizer, OneNote 2007, tablets, and digital textbooks to change and enhance learning.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Hands-free interaction with your Web-based applications

Check out a demonstration of EverSpeech Maple, a product that gives you hands-free interaction with your tablet at Your feedback is much appreciated.

Here is some information from the company.

EverSpeech Maple provides speech recognition and synthesis solutions for Web-based applications. Our product:
  • improves productivity
  • reduces errors
  • increases functionality and usability
  • frees up one or both hands

Our standards-based approach supports open architecture solutions or your applications.

Features of EverSpeech Maple:

  • Integrates with Internet Explorer as an add-on
  • Speech enables standard Web pages for effective voice interaction
  • Optimizes speed and accuracy with a small number of additional tags and attributes
  • Integrates with other input modalities such as pen, touch, mouse, keyboard, etc.
  • Integrates with any back-end Web technology such as JSP, ASP, PHP, etc.
  • Integrates with any database such as MySQL, Microsoft SQL, etc.