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VR Interfaces: Motion C5


Overview of Motion C5
Created in 2007, then updated several times throughout 2008, the C5 remains on the market at time of writing. This MCA or Medical Clinical Assistant device was the brainchild of a partnership between Intel and Motion Computing.

At the time of launch Intel stated it would be shipping units worldwide to "enable nurses to spend more time with patients, do their jobs on the move while remaining connected, and manage the administration of medications."

Unlike previous units, the C5 incorporates a carry handle moulded straight into the case itself, so the unit could be carried around like a briefcase, rather than being awkwardly pinned under an arm. This design feature has been copied by almost every MCA since the C5.

Also unlike previous models, weight was a concern, and the unit was designed with being carried all day in mind - it was stripped of anything pointless, and featured custom chipsets. Like one of the models before it, the C5 is fanless. This means there are no holes in the case for airflow, and thus it can be immersed in liquid and keep running.

Likewise, every component is solid-state, and well padded inside the case. Channels in this padding allow heat redistribution, but it is the sturdy padding itself that allows the unit to be dropped to the floor or swung against a wall, and just shrug it off.

A camera is built into the back of the unit, so that it can capture patient information on site, as well as accept notes, and bluetooth allows it to interface with bedside equipment such as blood flow monitors to capture real-time data. A wi-fi link with the hospital itself is continually maintained.

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