Diaz, a designer-cum-entrepreneur, presented an ambitious project to
design and market a new compact and powerful computer for mobile applications
through his company Handheld Tec Ltd. He believes that the future of
computing is in the mobile sector and that Europe is in an advantageous
position to take the lead in this market.
Tec is looking for technology and marketing partners, with complementary
skills, together with investors to further the product and reach the
market place. The audience of investors, technology company managers
as well as potential users and sellers of the product listened in complete
silence as Fred Diaz gave a tantalising glimpse of Handheld Tec's potential
- a truly hand-held laptop computer and a lot more.
origins of the new Hand-held product idea lie in Fred Diaz and his
company's background. Fred started working on the design of computer
related products from the early days of the PC. Through the years,
he has been involved in the different market sectors that use Information
Technology: consumer, commercial, industrial and military. After designing
several products for manufacturing clients, Fred took the initiative
to move the PC market to its next logical stage, if the established
manufacturers are not doing it. The know-how came from a sophisticated
hand-held computer that his company designed for use by the British
military. This involved a long-term design and development programme.
He initiated the new project with his own resources and in 2002 he
won a DTI SMART award for the innovative Hand-held computer. The award
allowed a 10-month design programme for the new commercial version
of this compact and rugged PC.
world feels less safe after September 11th and this is the case not
only in the West but also in most of the rest of the world. For Fred
Diaz, it is a natural progression to go from designing military equipment
to designing computers for the security markets. These markets are
in the fields of coast guards, the police, airports, civil guards,
the military itself and the like. However, other markets are associated
with these, including rescue and navigation. Private and government
bodies are spending serious money on security.
is often a mistake, on the part of inventors, that they have a bright
idea looking for a market. This case is different: the idea originated
from the market itself. The original interest in the product came from
people who saw the previous military Hand-held computer. Handheld Tec
has been developing both the product and its markets in parallel. By
discussing the product idea and the potential client requirements for
such a product, the company has been able to progress the design with
the feedback obtained from these buyers. This process will continue until
the product is in the market and during the development of new models
of the product.
computing is, by definition, associated with exposure to the environment,
involving rain, dust, cold storage, sun light, dropping the equipment,
mishandling, and other factors. This is where Fred's experience comes
useful. Having spent the last 12 years designing military computers he
has had to learn how to protect delicate equipment against extremely
hostile conditions. One such example is a computer server, used by the
British Royal Navy, which was subjected to a test simulating an under-water
explosion caused by a torpedo hitting a ship where the computer is used.
hand-held PC is intended to exploit the newest wireless technologies
and the services that come with them. Mobility means having the ability
to communicate locally and remotely without the need for cumbersome cable
connections. At the same time, the transmission of data via satellite
and short range communications involves the protection of the data against
eavesdropping and intrusion. The associated technologies for encryption
and data protection will form part of the systems in which the product
Link Business Forum's members are innovators and entrepreneurs themselves.
India of course is at the forefront of the IT industry. It was appropriate
that after the inauguration of Business Forum the first 'business opportunity'
should be a company like Handheld Tec.
For further information contact Fred Diaz on 020 8350 1390, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or his financial/investment advisor Jeff
Macklin of FDUK Ltd on 01749 890920. Visit the company web-site