|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.