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Olympus TOUGH TG-810 “crushproof” camera packs GPS

Olympus TOUGH TG-810 “crushproof” camera packs GPS

Olympus' second camera of the day can't do anything as fancy as shoot high quality video and images simultaneously, but you can at least throw it under the nearest 100kg weight and still expect it to function. The Olympus TOUGH TG-810 arguably tempts fate by describing itself as "crushproof," and packs a 14-megapixel sensor, 5x optical zoom, dual-image stabilization and  integrated GPS and electronic compass.

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Motion CL600 rugged Win7 slate packs Oak Trail Atom

Motion CL600 rugged Win7 slate packs Oak Trail Atom

Motion's latest tablet PC may not be as slim as the Viliv X70 Windows 7 Slate, but the Motion CL900 is a whole lot more resilient. The ruggedized slate has a 10.1-inch 1376 x 768 display with Gorilla Glass and meets military specs for dust, drop, sand and temperature; it also supports both finger and stylus input, has Intel's latest 1.5GHz Oak Trail Atom CPU, and can be outfitted with Gobi 3000 broadband.

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Fujifilm FinePix XP30 packs GPS into rugged digicam

Fujifilm FinePix XP30 packs GPS into rugged digicam

You can tell from the design that there's something different about Fujifilm's FinePix XP30 and XP20 digital cameras, and happily it's not just an aesthetic flourish. The new range is waterproof to up to five meters, resilient to drops of up to 1.5m, and freezeproof to -10 degrees centigrade. It's also dust and sandproof, and if you opt for the XP30 then you get a GPS chip to geotag your photos.

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Swann Security SportsCam rugged/waterproof digicam made for bumps

Swann Security SportsCam rugged/waterproof digicam made for bumps

Swann Security has unveiled its waterproof, ruggedized SportsCam ahead of CES 2011, a compact still and video camera capable of withstanding up to 65-feet submersion as well as the sort of shocks, knocks and bumps you might experience when snowboarding, pig wrestling or falling out of trees. The SportsCam captures 640 x 480 video or stills to its removable microSD card, with a 16GB card good for up to 5hrs of video.

You'll need to recharge before you run out of space, in fact, since the rechargeable Li-Ion battery is good for up to 2.5hrs of filming. It recharges via USB.

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Iomega eGo 1TB USB 3.0 HDD Review

Iomega eGo 1TB USB 3.0 HDD Review

We're spoiled for choice when it comes to external hard drives, and given a large number of people base their decision primarily on price-per-gigabyte, a manufacturer has to offer something compelling if they want to stand out from the crowd. Iomega's latest eGo drive offers both 1TB and USB 3.0, complete with a semi-ruggedized chassis. Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Brave Samsung Galaxy Tab owner tests Gorilla Glass with air-pistol [Video]

Brave Samsung Galaxy Tab owner tests Gorilla Glass with air-pistol [Video]

Gorilla Glass is tough stuff, but if you want more evidence than just a press release then how about someone shooting a Samsung Galaxy Tab at around a meter-range with a CO2 powered air pistol? The shot - carried out by one Gorilla-confident YouTuber metafonic - is certainly sufficient to smash regular glass, but three steel pellets fail to produce even a scratch on the Galaxy Tab's display.

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Motorola DEFY first-impressions [Video]

Motorola DEFY first-impressions [Video]

T-Mobile's Motorola DEFY has dropped with a bump onto the SlashGear test bench, but we're not too concerned: after all, this particular smartphone is one of the few ruggedized Android handsets around. You wouldn't necessarily know it to look at it, however, since Motorola has managed to avoid the over-rubberized look so many rugged devices suffer from. Still, we thought we should get the main challenges out of the way first, so check out the wet entrance the DEFY makes after the cut.

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Sprint Motorola ES400S trades pocket-appeal for ruggedness

Sprint Motorola ES400S trades pocket-appeal for ruggedness

Motorola's ES400S isn't exactly pretty - though we have to say it does have a certain rugged, purposeful charm - but it's tough and flexible, even with Windows Mobile 6.5.3 as the OS.  The "enterprise handheld device" (based on the regular ES400) is headed to Sprint at the end of October 2010, priced at a hefty $499.99 (with a new agreement) but capable of withstanding dust, four foot drops and bumps.

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