Rugged computers are designed for very specialized uses such as military work and for workers who are out in the field in rugged conditions. You can't send a plain notebook or netbook into harsh environments and expect it to last long.
Logic Instrument has announced a new rugged handheld computer called the FieldBook that is strong and compact. The machine is designed to be operated with a single hand and has a 7-inch touch capable screen that can be easily read in the sunlight.
The screen resolution is 1024 x 600 and can be used while wearing gloves. The CPU inside the machine is a 1.6GHZ Atom processor and the machine has 2GB of RAM and a 120GB HDD with a G-Sensor. The machine runs Windows and has runtime of up to five hours thanks to a pair of hot swappable batteries. Other features include GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth USB, RFID, Barcode reader, and more.