Products & Reviews
Symbol CSM150 Barcode Scanner
Sun Dec 2, 2001 - 9:18 PM EST - By
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Ľ Introduction Development Conclusion
Introduction The Symbol CSM150 Springboard module, which offers the ability transform any Visor into an advanced barcode scanner, has gone relatively unnoticed since its
introduction over a year ago.
The first thing that you need to do after inserting the small lightweight module (5 oz.) into a
Visor is to assign which hardware buttons you would like to trigger the barcode
scanner. The CSM150, unfortunately, does not have itís own hardware button and
relies upon the Visorís own hardware buttons to trigger the scanner.
Hello" application, which is installed to your Visor automatically during
insertion of the Springboard module, allows you to quickly assign one of the
Visorís four hardware keys (Address, Phonebook, To-Do or Memo buttons) to act as
the scannerís trigger button(s).
The CSM Hello application also allows you to test the barcode scanner by its
ability to scan/decode a barcode and display the Barcode Type (barcode Symbology)
/ Scanned Label (Encoded data). While it would have been nice if Symbol had
added itís own hardware trigger to the back of the module, we have noticed
little difficulty in getting used to Visorís hardware buttons.
The CSM150 also includes 1.7MB of available memory on the module itself for
saving a host of applications. Although, all databases will need to reside in
the Visorís RAM (based on our experience).
If the application that you are
considering will require large amounts of storage for the database, you will
want to select a Visor model that will handle the memory requirements of your
particular application. The 1.7MB of available module memory should be
sufficient for storing the actual program and associated libraries needed for
most applications. The module also includes a copy of the familiar File Mover
application to move files between the Visorís RAM and the modules RAM. Other
than the CSM Hello application and the File Mover, there are no other
applications included to take advantage of the CSM150. You will need to obtain a
3rd party application, contract a development company (such as
create your own application using many available development environments for
the Palm OSģ. Development >>