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Motion Computing Release Quicknav for the CL900


Motion-CL900-QuicknavIf you own the Motion Computing CL900 you’ll want to try out this new beta version of Quicknav. Quicknav – aka Dialkeys – is a piece of software that has long been featured on the Motion J3500 series.

Quicknav is a sidebar shortcut application that allows quick and convenient access to things like the integrated camera, video and voice recording functions via a touch friendly interface.

On the CL900 it can comfortably replace the ExTouch software that ships with the device for a couple of reasons:

  • Easier access to camera functions
  • Full access to the camera’s full 3Mp resolution
  • Easy selection of front or back camera
  • Geo-tagging via the CL900’s inbuilt satellite based GPS
  • Camera based barcode scanning function.

Dialkeys has actually been around for many years now. I first encountered it on the Samsung Q1 UMPC device about 5 years ago. It has come along way, but some features like Motion-CL900-Bracode-Scannerthe alternative onscreen keyboard still work great with a touch screen device like the CL900.

Barcode Reader

Quicknav offers users the ability to capture barcodes using the devices inbuilt front and back cameras. This feature should not to be confused with the CL900s upcoming inbuilt barcode scanner option.

Capturing Barcodes with an inbuilt camera is only for very occasional use and cannot be compared to inbuilt dedicated barcode scanning hardware. If you need to scan more than about 5 barcodes a day you will want to go with a dedicated barcode scanner as the camera method is too slow and fiddly to use.

Motion-Computing-CL900-Number-PadNumber Pad

On the input front, the on screen Number Pad function is fantastic for entering data in places like Excel spread sheets. You’ll find that the number keys are big and easier to use with touch. The keypad seems to be fixed to the right hand side – sorry Leftys!


As mentioned above, the camera functionality of the Quicknav software allows you to easily access the full 3 megapixels of the inbuilt front and back webcams.

You can now also geo-tag photos taken with the inbuilt camera. Geo-tagging takes GPS coordinates from the inbuilt GPS on the CL900 and adds them to the properties of the photo. A time stamp can also be added as well as an arbitrary text stamp.

Download Quicknav here:

It’s currently in Beta, so don’t be surprised if you find a bug here or there!

More information on the Motion Computing CL900 here.

Barcode Scanners for Tablet PCs


Sales reps and merchandisers commonly need a barcode scanner to interface with their Tablet PC for fast data entry. There are two approaches that you can take to this:

Handheld / Standalone Mobile Barcode Scanner

For Tablet PCs with a USB port or Bluetooth Connection (i.e. all of our Tablet PCs) we have standalone micro barcode scanners like the Opticon OPN2001 and Opticon OPN2002. These features some amazing capabilities such as:

  • Tiny 29gram weight in a matchbox size
  • Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Polymer Batteries
  • An impressive array of 1D and 2D barcode support
  • Up to 25,000 Barcode Scan Storage
  • Bluetooth and USB connectivity
  • Easy USB charging via the ubiquitous mini USB standard port.



Opticon OPN2002 – Bluetooth and USB version for live Bluetooth, USB connecting and batch scanning.

Opticon OPN2001 – USB Only version for USB connected or batch scanning.

These two barcode scanners can be integrated directly into your software with an extensive SDK available. Our models come pre-configured for direct entry (keyboard wedge) input so that you can easily deploy these scanners with your Tablet PC without any extra configuration.

Integrated Barcode Scanner

The other option is to have the Barcode Scanner integrated into your tablet PC directly. For a number of years now the Motion Computing F5v has offered this feature as an option. An example can be seen below.



Motion Computing will also soon release a version of their CL900 tablet with an integrated Barcode Scanner option.image

Other devices such as the CL900 can scan barcodes via the integrated rear facing camera, however this is very inefficient when compared to a dedicated purpose built barcode scanner. To try out this feature on the Motion Computing CL900, download the new QuickNav Beta for CL900.

Detailed Motion CL900 Review on


The new wave of Tablet PCs that landed in June have kept us so busy that we’ve barely had time to scratch let alone blog! Undoubtedly most of the impact has come from the Motion CL900 tablet PC. It has changed the windows tablet landscape with its rugged design, low cost and great battery life.

While you wait for us to tell you more about it, we thought we’d share a review with you from Dr Conrad Blickenstorfer of The review goes into a lot of good technical detail and gives you a good overview of where the CL900 product fits in the tablet market. Read it here:


Motion Computing CL900 – Windows 7 Tablet PC – Australian First Hands On!


Thanks to Brett Gross of Motion Computing Australia we had our first hands on with the upcoming Motion Computing CL900 this week.

The CL900 will break new ground for work Tablet PCs in Australia. While other manufacturers see Tablet devices as simply viewers, Motion Computing has always pushed the boundaries of real productivity.

The CL900 and other Motion Tablets like the J3500 and F5v are designed to allow you to create and capture data wherever you are – On the job, on site, in the office, on the street, in the field, on the road. The provision of both four point multi-touch and a smart Active Digitizer pen allow you to do things like:

  • Taking fluid handwritten notes – your handwritten notes are searchable too
  • Converting your handwriting to text – now or later
  • Scribble on you PDFs, Word Documents and Excel spread sheets
  • Draw on PowerPoint slides during a presentation
  • Annotate and mark up drawings, screenshots and diagrams
  • Draw your own designs and sketches wherever you are!

Ultimately, a device like this gives you access to all of the fastest and most convenient methods of input for mobile devices.

What you can expect to see on the Motion CL900:

  • Corning Gorilla Glass
  • 4 point finger touch and an Active Digitizer (Smart Pen)
  • Wide viewing – outdoor readable screen
  • Gobi 3000 Mobile Broadband – Fast 3G with any carrier – Telstra Next G, Optus, Vodafone
  • Up to 8 hour battery life
  • Desktop docking station and other work ready peripherals like payment modules and scanners.

The CL900 is due to arrive in Australia sometime in April, so this is a pre-production example. Brett was kind enough to give us an exclusive interview with the CL900 in Syndey on Monday!

Motion CL900 Windows 7 Tablet PC – Interview with Brett Gross of Motion Computing Australia

Official pricing and stocked options for the Motion CL900 are still coming. Stay tuned for that and some more videos soon!

Motion Computing CL900 Docking Station



One of the most important options for a "Business Grade" tablet PC is a good docking station with connectivity options.

The upcoming Motion Computing CL900 offers a very innovative docking solution that orients the tablet on a horizontal angle – allowing for easy pen and touch use while docked.

As you can see from the picture above, the dock easily allows you to use the CL900 in the office like would a laptop or desktop PC.

CL900 = best of both worlds – A desktop in the office, but a slender lightweight tablet when you’re on the move.

Plug in whatever you want:

  • Wireless keyboard and mouse
  • Mobile phone
  • External Monitor (via adaptor)
  • Network cable
  • Power for easy charging
  • DVD Burner
  • USB key

More on CL900 soon…

Motion Computing CL900 getting press coverage – USA Today


Whilst rugged slate Tablets are not necessarily shiny consumer toys it’s good to see them getting some mainstream press coverage at CES 2011.

Here’s Motion Computing’s Mary-Anne Gunn on USA today with the CL900:

Motion Computing CL900–Hands on videos


Things are hotting up with the Motion Computing CL900 at the CCES2011 show in Las Vegas this week. Of course CL900 is not the only slate to arrive, but it is the one that we have been waiting for!

Here’s a couple of hands on videos with the CL900 for you:

Motion Computing CL900 Demonstration–


Detailed walk through -Motion Computing CL900

More Tablet PC news from CES2011 coming up…

Video Update: Motion CL900 Announcement


For some discussion of the new Motion CL900, watch our YouTube video below.

Motion CL900 announcement

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