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Panasonic Toughpad FZ-B2 offers a replaceable battery

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-B2 offers a replaceable battery

Panasonic has just announced the newest member of its line of rugged mobile devices, the Toughpad FZ-B2 tablet. Like many of its kin, this Android-powered tablet boasts of a number of features that make it the ideal device to bring to the field or industrial settings. For this iteration, Panasonic has also focused on power, both within and without, by giving the tablet a battery that not only lasts longer than most, but also one that can be replaced when needed.

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CAT brings super rugged B15Q, S50 smartphones to the US

CAT brings super rugged B15Q, S50 smartphones to the US

Remember CAT? No, not our feline overlords but the makers of rugged manufacturing equipment and machines. Unless you haven't been tracking our smartphone coverage, you will probably be aware that it also makes equally rugged smartphones to match the extreme working environment they put their products through. Now the company is bringing its latest model, the 4-inch B15Q and the larger 4.7-inch S50, to the US though the price tags on these might be a bit discouraging for everyday consumers. But then again, these aren't your everyday smartphones anyway.

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Hydrophobic shirt confirmed: hands-on with Threadsmiths first tee

Hydrophobic shirt confirmed: hands-on with Threadsmiths first tee

There’s nothing quite like a t-shirt that can’t get wet. The folks at Threadsmiths, an Australian company that’s got their hands on a technology that works surprisingly well: it repels liquid. You can literally pour a glass of water on a Threadsmiths t-shirt and it’ll come splashing off. Drop drips of water on Threadsmiths’ material on a flat surface and that water will bead up. At first it seems like magic - but it's very real. And really quite awesome, as well.

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Ricoh WG-30W digital camera: all around rugged

Ricoh WG-30W digital camera: all around rugged

Ricoh unveiled a rugged action camera last month, bringing with it a sporty design, portable size, and a tiny screen. Those looking for something similar, only larger and with more features, now have an alternative Ricoh option: the WG-30W, a rugged digital camera designed to handle all sorts of potential abuse: crushing, water exposure, extreme temperatures, drops, and other hazards that could happen in adventure settings. The camera will be arriving in time for the holiday season, though an exact launch date hasn't been provided yet.

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Ricoh WG-M1: a rugged camera built for adventure

Ricoh WG-M1: a rugged camera built for adventure

Many digital cameras of late have touted high-end, and some mid-range, features, but almost all of them, though designed for performance, are more or less delicate pieces of machinery. But what if needed one that could not only perform well enough but also survive extreme conditions? Then you might want to feast your eyes on the WG-M1, Ricoh's latest Extreme model built to be as rugged as you might be.

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