News Burst: IBM debuts wearable PC

PC industry giant IBM unveiled an ultra-portable PC at its IBM Fair '98 this week. The 233MHz Pentium-class computer resides in two Walkman-sized cases that clip onto the belt, uses an eyepiece for a monitor, and "understands" verbal commands.

PC industry giant IBM unveiled an ultra-portable PC at its IBM Fair '98 this week. The 233MHz Pentium-class computer resides in two Walkman-sized cases that clip onto the belt, uses an eyepiece for a monitor, and "understands" verbal commands.

Envisioned as a tool for maintenance, installation, and repair personnel, the wearable PC can display wiring diagrams, videos, and other information while leaving the user's hands free. Neither a release date nor pricing for the concept product were announced by IBM.