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Kia Trail’ster takes the road less traveled with electric-AWD

Kia Trail’ster takes the road less traveled with electric-AWD

Electric cars may more commonly be found prowling the city streets than out in the wild, but Kia thinks its Trail'ster electric all-wheel-drive concept is just the thing to get millennials muddy. Shown off at the Chicago Auto Show this week, the chunky car takes not one but two powertrains into the wilderness. Dubbed e-AWD by Kia, a 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is joined by electric engines at the rear for extra traction in the mud and snow, while inside the materials have gotten more rugged to match the new body kit.

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Odd-looking GimBall drone can fly, roll to the rescue

Odd-looking GimBall drone can fly, roll to the rescue

Drones can be used for more than just fun, or military purposes. Yesterday, we came across a very hardy and rugged Hiro Action Sports drone that we theorized can be used for rescue scenarios. Now, we get wind of a drone that has actually been specifically designed for such use cases. Flyability's GimBall might not look like any drone you've seen so far, enclosed inside a geodesic cage. But that odd form is precisely what was needed to make the UAV suitable for even the most dangerous environments.

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Kyocera breaks into European market with new 4G TORQUE model

Kyocera breaks into European market with new 4G TORQUE model

After some reasonable amount of success in Japan and the US, at least as far as its niche smartphone market goes, Kyocera is now trying its luck in Europe. It's entry into the market is a familiar name, but don't confuse this TORQUE with 2013's model. This new TORQUE boasts of some decent mid-range specs and even throws 4G LTE connectivity. All the while still delivering the same high-level of ruggedness, weather endurance, and durability that Kyocera's smartphones are quite known for.

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Hiro Action Sports Drone is built for battle

Hiro Action Sports Drone is built for battle

Drones were originally designed for less civilian uses but have slowly become consumer products that sports action fans and hobbyists have taken a liking to. Now, however, some drones are returning to their roots. This Hiro drone does pretty much anything your regular personal drone can, but it has one very special property. It is virtually indestructible and can withstand not only the elements but also tremendous amount of force. This makes it the perfect contender BattleBots-like competition called, wait for it, Game of Drones.

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Nikon Coolpix AW130, S33 rugged cameras launch in March

Nikon Coolpix AW130, S33 rugged cameras launch in March

Among Nikon's new cameras this week are a pair of rugged compacts, the Coolpix AW130 and the S33. The latter of the two is bid as a family-friendly option, while the AW130 is targeted at the more adventurous outdoorsy types with more demanding needs. Both are able to withstand shocks, cold temps, water exposure and more, and the AW130 includes a couple different wireless connectivity options for easy pairing and image transfer. Both cameras will be arriving in March at different price points with a few color options.

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Ricoh WG-5 rugged camera sports high res and GPS

Ricoh WG-5 rugged camera sports high res and GPS

Earlier this week, Ricoh undisclosed its newest edition to the WG outdoor, adventure series of shock proof, enhanced underwater compact cameras. This latest design has focussed on simple, compact body however includes all the features and upgrades expected from an active, on-the-go camera. The contours of the non-slip body combined with the pocket-size chassis enable the user to utilize it in extreme conditions.

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Pentax K-S2 is a small but rugged DSLR with built-in WiFi

Pentax K-S2 is a small but rugged DSLR with built-in WiFi

Ricoh has come out with the successor to last year's Pentax K-S1 and this time it is doing things a bit differently. For one, the Pentax K-S2 got rid of that odd line of flashing LED lights. Ricoh is also selling this camera to be its smallest DSLR yet but still rugged enough to withstand rain and dust. And, for the first time in its Pentax K series, the camera features its own built-in wireless LAN connectivity, making it easy to remotely control the camera as well as share them with the Internet.

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Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 focuses on rugged selfies

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 focuses on rugged selfies

Olympus has a taste for rugged little action cameras, and the Stylus Tough TG-860 looks set to continue that legacy, focusing particularly on selfie-obsessed explorers. Wrapping a 16-megapixel sensor with 5x optical zoom and ultra wide-angle 21mm lens in a metal body that's waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof, crushproof, and dustproof, it can also be squeezed inside an underwater case to take down to depths of up to 147 feet.

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Galaxy S6 might not be waterproof, but Galaxy S6 Active will be

Galaxy S6 might not be waterproof, but Galaxy S6 Active will be

Rumors about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 continue to pile up, but the latest ones seem to be sending mixed messages to both fans and onlookers. The latest word on the rumor mill is that the next Samsung flagship won't be flaunting a high waterproof rating, unlike the Galaxy S5 before it. Instead, that feature will be bequeathed on what would be the Galaxy S6 Active, which will be seeing a return to the lineup this year and adding to the number of rumored Galaxy S6 variants.

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