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(Nikkei BP Group)

(No.1 High-Tech News Site in Japanese)

  • NEC, Others Develop Java-Based Terminals for Golfers
  • March 11, 1999 (TOKYO) — NEC Corp., Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd. and Yokohama Engineering, Ltd. jointly developed a golfing cart-mounted information terminal using Java technology.
    The terminal can show a range of real-time information, such as the location of pins, the whereabouts of golfers on a course and scores.

    “My Caddie” is expected to help debt-ridden golf course operators cut down expenditures to hire caddies amid the prolonging recession in Japan, they said.

    The product was modified for golfing. It was developed originally by NEC as a Java-based network computer NETJACS/10 used for managing product lines at a factory or inventory control at a shop.

    Golfers are required to insert a PCMCIA-type memory card that contains data, such as the names of players and the location of pins before entering a course. The data can be input using a touch panel.

    My Caddie can transmit data to a server in a caddie master control center of a golf course over radio network for data management. Golf course operators are able to send warnings to golfers with the terminal, such as lightening information and paging for a delay in playing.

    Golfers can use the terminal to place their buy orders for souvenirs, make reservations for lunch and confirm their opponents’ scores during a game.

    The three companies target at 500 million yen (121.37 yen=US$1) in annual sales in the first year, with the no-radio type sold for 500,000 yen, the officials said.

    (Nikkei Multimedia)

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