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Sprint Motorola Brute i680 is ultra-rugged

Sprint Motorola Brute i680 is ultra-rugged

Sprint's latest cellphone, the Motorola Brute i680, is not just a rugged one, it's ultra-rugged.  The Brute i680 - fresh to the Nextel Direct Connect network complete with push-to-talk - meets military spec 810F for not just the regular dust, shock and vibration, but extremes of temperature, low pressure, salt fog, humidity, blowing rain and even solar radiation.  We're guessing that doesn't mean you could use it while inside the sun (if only because of the lack of coverage) but it probably cuts down on the number of places in the US where the phone can't go.

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Liquid Image VideoMasks hands-on

Liquid Image VideoMasks hands-on

If you're considering a new camera or camcorder, you're probably not narrowing down your options by whether you can mount them on your head or not; still, if you're a diver, swimmer or snowboarder then Liquid Image could have a few models for you.  We caught up with the company's goggle-integrated "videomasks" - which range in price from $79 to $350 - at CES 2010; more details and live images after the cut.

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Samsung rugged memory cards are water, shock & magnet proof

Samsung rugged memory cards are water, shock & magnet proof

It seems somewhat perverse - or at least flippant - to want to buy an SDHC card simply because it looks so swanky, but Samsung's new consumer memory card range is cutting quite the dash with its champagne finish.  Still, once the 8GB SDHC is slotted into whatever gadget you've bought it for you can't see the aesthetics, so happily Samsung have given it some other strengths too.  For a start, the company reckons you'll never lose data from them.

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LG Chocolate Touch and Samsung Convoy official on Verizon

LG Chocolate Touch and Samsung Convoy official on Verizon

As well as their headline smartphone announcements this morning, Verizon have also officially confirmed a couple of featurephones that have each been rattling around the rumor mill for a while.  The LG Chocolate Touch and Samsung Convoy - a touchscreen candybar and rugged flip, respectively - don't have the Android magic or hardware QWERTY of the Verizon DROID Eris by HTC or the BlackBerry Curve 8530.

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Stealth LPC-395F fanless rugged mini-PC crying out for in-car installation

Stealth LPC-395F fanless rugged mini-PC crying out for in-car installation

While we often can be found heaping scorn onto the me-too Atom N270 netbook ranges that pass our viewing window, Intel's low-power chip does occasionally find its way into an interesting machine.  Stealth Computer have slotted the 1.6GHz chip into their latest "Little PC", the Stealth LPC-395F, a fanless nettop with a ruggedized chassis and front-loading 2.5-inch hard-drive bay.

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Getac V100 Tablet PC gets glove-friendly multitouch display

Getac V100 Tablet PC gets glove-friendly multitouch display

Ruggedized PC manufacturer Getac have announced a multitouch upgrade to their suitably-sturdy V100 Tablet PC; however, while they may not be the first to throw multi-finger control into the mixture, their Windows 7 compatible display uses resistive rather than capacitive technology.  While capacitive touchscreens - such as found on the iPhone - are fashionable right now, resistive touchscreens have the benefit of working with gloved fingers.

BrickHouse Global Watchman rugged remote CCTV camera

BrickHouse Global Watchman rugged remote CCTV camera

We've seen cellularly-enabled CCTV cameras before - capable of shooting images across the mobile networks and directly to your cellphone - but never have they been so droid-like in their design.  BrickHouse Security's motion-activated Global Watchman is a ruggedized 1.3-megapixel camera with onboard battery and IR flash for discretely illuminating nighttime scenes.

Video demo after the cut

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