Honeywell Captuvo SL22 iPod Sled

July 23, 2012

Quite Captuvoting!

Honeywell has jumped into the iPod as mobile POS device fray, releasing the Captuvo SL22 iPod sled. Unlike most of the other sleds on the market, the Captuvo is backed by Honeywell’s advanced imaging and data capture division, giving it the durability and reliability you’d expect from their mobile computers.

The Captuvo comes standard with Honeywell’s Adaptus 6.0 Imager built in. This is the same scanner that’s in their Xenon 2D imagers and mobile computers, and is a fantastic way to scan pretty much any barcode ever. Optional models give you EasyDL driver’s license parsing, allowing you to use the iPod touch as a mobile credit card application system.

The Captuvo also can include an integrated MSR with encryption, minimizing your PCI risk while allowing you to take payments on the go. Using DES, TDES, or AES encryption with DUKPT key management support, the Captuvo’s integrated card reader is a fantastic addition to any line busting application.

Much like other iOS scanners, card readers, and sleds on the market, the Captuvo requires software designed to take advantage of its features. Honeywell has a free Captuvo mPOS Simulator application in the app store and will be releasing a Captuvo SDK soon.

Unlike a lot of competitor iPod Touch sleds, the Captuvo goes a long way to improving the durability. An IP30 seal protects the unit from dirt, and the sealed body reinforces the iPod Touch, giving it a drop resistance of 4-feet to concrete. To really drive home the point that the Captuvo is a durable device, Honeywell’s released a video showing drop tests in super slow motion. Behold!

The sled comes with a battery included, ensuring you get the same performance from the iPod Touch in the Captuvo as you on its own. This is the first sled I’ve seen that looks like it will hold up to retail use and abuse, and it’ll be a fantastic addition to any line busting, mobile POS, or trade show applications. The Captuvo does come at a premium price but even when you add an iPod’s cost to the mix you end up with something as powerful as an enterprise digital assistant but for much less. Though I am waiting for the Enterprise Toboggan.


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