Mark Holleran, President of Xplore Technologies Corp. (OTCBB: XLRT), a leader in rugged tablet PCs, has witnessed the growth of the tablet PC market since its inception. “Our company began by selling touch screen mobile and wireless computers to companies whose users were transitioning from pen and paper and were hesitant about the use of technology,” says Holleran. “Now, here we are more than a decade later and tablet PCs are taking off due to their ease of use.”
Holleran sees the launch of Apple’s iPad as an indication that the tablet PC industry is poised for wider acceptance and accelerated growth. “With Apple and other consumer PC companies embracing the tablet format, I think the potential demand for a full-size mobile computer, with more interactive capabilities than a keyboard can deliver, will continue to expand in the years to come. This bodes well for Xplore as the number of users that are comfortable with the tablet form factor is set for rapid growth.”
Xplore Technologies was the first to incorporate dual mode pen and touch input in the tablet form factor and was an initial launch partner with Microsoft Corporation in 2002, when it introduced the Windows XP Tablet PC Edition operating system.
The company has also been a pioneer in outdoor readable displays and wLAN wireless communications. Further evidence of the acceptance of the tablet form factor is Xplore Technologies’ recent launch of two new tablet devices as a direct response to market requests – the iX104C4M rugged tablet PC to meet stringent battlefield requirements for military vehicles and the Clean Room iX104C4 PC for pharmaceutical and food industries.