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
HP have fired back at Dell in the latest all-day battery notebook saga, in the shape of their EliteBook 6930p which we first saw back in June. With a 14.1-inch LED-backlit display, new Intel SSD and extended battery, HP are claiming the 6930p can manage a full 24-hours of continuous use from a single charge.
If you like to match your satnav to your vehicle, and you drive a Jeep, you'll be pleased to know that the company has announced a new GPS. Clad in tire-effect rubber, the Jeep GPS Navigator RT-300 has a 3.5-inch touchscreen and can be set to announce street names to avoid you needing to take your eyes off of the road.
Panasonic's Toughbook range has always prioritised sturdy build above just about anything else, but in a welcome nod to processing power the company has announced that it will be upgrading the semi-rugged notebooks with Intel's new Centrino 2 processor. Both the Toughbook CF-52 and Toughbook CF-74 will feature the new processor, as well as getting improvements in video performance, storage and networking.
Garmin's new Oregon handheld GPS range, the existence of which was tipped earlier this week when product descriptions hit the online stores, has been officially confirmed by the company. Five models are available, ranging from the the basic Oregon 200 and shaded relief-mapped Oregon 300, to three 400-series devices each tailored to different outdoor activities. Each model has a 3-inch color touchscreen and water & shock resistant casing.
Panasonic are readying their own Atom-based UMPC, although the device will bear little resemblance to the slick, compact handhelds we're used to. Fitting into the company's ToughBook range, the as-yet unnamed ultraportable will be a touchscreen-based ruggedized tablet, using rubber covers and a protective casing to keep the UMPC functional in extreme conditions.