GETAC have announced their latest super-rugged PDA, the GPS-equipped PS535F, complete with MIL-STD 810F compliance and IP54 certification. The PS535F has a sunlight-readable 3.5-inch VGA touchscreen and an integrated 3-megapixel autofocus camera, together with an altimeter and electronic compass, and runs Windows Mobile 6.1.
Lenovo has announced that eight of its ThinkPad notebooks have passed military-standards for ruggedization, making them not only resistant to pressure, humidity, temperature, dust and vibration, but to a greater extent than some "mil-spec" rivals. The ThinkPad X200, X301, X200s, X200 Tablet, T400, T500, R400 and SL300 all passed durability tests despite not being specifically marketed as ruggedized models.
Sprint have announced the Motorola i365IS, where the "IS" stands for "Intrinsically Safe". According to Sprint, the i365IS "is incapable of releasing sufficient electrical or thermal energy to ignite fuel and cause a fire or explosion" and is safe to use in areas containing flammable gasses, vapors or dust. Personally, I'd like any cellphone I use to be incapable of exploding, but maybe that's too much to ask. As well as promising not to go supernova in your front pocket, the i365IS has push-to-talk (PTT), military-spec ruggedization and Bluetooth.
In preparing for the PMA 2009, Panasonic has launched a series of new digital compact cameras, two out of the new Lumix, the DCM-TZ-ZS3 and DCM-TS1 are the first of its class to feature the new AVCHD Lite HD Video Recording Capabilities of MPEG-4 / H.264 AVC video compression standard.
Apparently the everything-proof Olympus Stylus SW cameras haven’t get enough publicity of it’s toughness in handling most challenging shooting grounds. The company has reinforced the shockproof, waterproof, freezeproof, crushproof and dustproof Stylus with a better title – Stylus TOUGH, a name with implication of roughness, message received!
Olympus’s Marketing director at Europe division said consumer is looking for digicams that define durability in additional to the core image features. Their existing Stylus SW series offer just that, a little twist in marketing drawing board would reflect the true nature of the SW series.
Sonim have announced the follow-up to their XP1 rugged cellphone, which comes in the shape of the chunky XP3. Despite Sonim's enthusiastic claims to the XP1's invulnerability, the XP3 is apparently even more shock and drop resistant; it's also waterproof, and can survive being fully submersed for 30 minutes within one meter of water.
Iomega has stamped their popular line of Ego Portable hard drive with an official Patriots NFL logo just in time for Holidays season. Pat fans now can show their supports and team-spirit while standing out from the technology crowd with Patriots branded and rugged portable hard drive- a compact and bus-powered external storage with 2.5-inch 250GB storage space.
Panasonic have officially announced the Toughbook CF-H1 Medical Tablet PC they demonstrated at the IDF in August. Fully ruggedized to military standard 810F, as well as being IP54 compliant, the CF-H1 has a magnesium alloy chassis and is capable of surviving a 3ft drop as well as rain, dust, spills and vibrations. Underneath lurks a 1.86GHz Intel Atom Z540 processor, 1GB of RAM and an 80GB shock-mounted hard-drive. Primary input is via the 10.4-inch XGA resolution dual-touch LCD.
Full gallery & video demos of the Panasonic Toughbook CF-H1 after the cut
If you're an ultraportable device user and you want to keep working even when conditions aren't all that great, iKey may have the keyboard for you. The iKey BT-87-TP Rugged Bluetooth Keyboard is a 12.01 x 7.75 x 2.03 inch fully-sealed slab of ruggedized data entry, with an industrial silicone keypad and ABS polycarbonate case that together met NEMA 4X specifications dirt, dust, water, ice and corrosive resistance.
If you're the sort of person who gets a thrill from things such as the Samsung SSD drop test video (and we're not judging you, as we do too) then you might enjoy watching the regular battering that Sonim's XP1 ruggedized cellphone is currently receiving. The handset - also known as the JCB Toughphone - has been made the star of its own online reality TV show but, unlike in most other such shows, the audience really is getting to see what they want: the star being battered with a great big hammer.
Sonim XP1 test videos - starring an elephant, no less - after the cut