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Added: Bluebird EF500
Korean rugged handheld manufacturer Bluebird announced the Bluebird EF500 for those who want a modern smartphone-style handheld, but one that's a lot tougher and has industrial-grade scanning capability. The 5-inch EF500 is available in a standard and a rugged version, both IP67-sealed, but the EF500R able to withstand 8-foot drops. The platform comes with either Windows Embedded Handheld 8.1 or Android 5.1 Lollipop. [See description, analysis and specs of the Bluebird EF500] -- Posted Thursday, February 11, 2016

Full review: MobileDemand's remarkably affordable xTablet T8500 with IP67 sealing and integrated scanner option
Tablets are being used in more and more enterprise, government and industrial applications, but the high price of fully rugged devices often stands in the way. MobileDemand addresses this challenge with the affordably priced (starting at US$845) xTablet T8500, a rugged Intel Bay Trail-powered Windows 10 tablet with a 1280 x 800 pixel 8-inch capacitive touch display, 8-hour battery life, and full IP67 sealing. [See full review of the MobileDemand xTablet T8500] -- Posted Wednesday, February 10, 2016

8 features every mobile e-ticketing device needs
Having the right mobile device with the right features can mean the difference between having an efficient citation writing system or a system full of user frustration and product failures. To address some of these issues, Two Technologies created a white paper discussing eight main features of a mobile e-ticketing device that help reduce overall cost of ownership, eradicate data loss, and maintain streamlined business processes. [See 8 Features Every Mobile E-Ticketing Device Needs (yes, you need to supply contact info)] -- Posted Sunday, February 7, 2016

ARBOR launches rugged enterprise-grade 5-inch Gladius GT-500 Android handheld
ARBOR announced the GT-500 as an addition to its Gladius Series of rugged handheld devices. The IP67-rated Gladius GT-500 runs Android version 5.1 “Lollipop” on a MediaTek MT6735 64-bit quad-core processor, has a bright, high-res 5-inch display, an integrated 1D/2D barcode reader, dual cameras (2mp and 13mp), and supports voice and multiple data connectivity including NFC, Bluetooth, 3G, and 4G LTE. [See ARBOR Gladius GT-500] -- Posted Friday, February 5, 2016

What happened in rugged computing 5 years ago: February 2011
In February 2011, we compiled our first media tablet table. Fujitsu released their 10.1-inch Stylistic Q550 Windows tablet, DLI their DLI 9200 Vehicle-Mount Computer, Motion the low-end C5v MCA with a Core i3 chip, MobileDemand the xTablet C1200 convertible, Trimble the GeoExplorer 6000 handhelds, and HP the webOS-powered TouchPad. LXE, which introduced the LXE Tekton handheld, became part of EMS Global Resource Management. We reviewed the Advantech ARK-3390, ARK-3403, ARK-3440, ARK-6320 and AIMB-780, and Getac's updated V100 convertible. Intermec announced 2010 revenues of US$679 million, and Microsoft announced Windows Embedded for thin clients, while XP Embedded mainstream support was terminated. [See full January 2011 archive] -- Posted Thursday, February 4, 2016

ADLINK and Saguna present mobile edge computing solution for extreme environments
ADLINK and Saguna Networks announced a joint Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) solution comprised of Saguna Open-RAN, a fully virtualized MEC platform, operating on ADLINK’s rugged SETO-1000 extreme outdoor server platform designed for deployments in harsh outdoor environments. [Read ADLINK media release] -- Posted Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Handheld ALGIZ 10X tablet now available with Windows 10
Handheld Group announced that it is now offering a Windows 10 version of its popular Algiz 10X ultra-rugged tablet computer (Windows 7 and 8 remain available). "Windows 10 combines the best features of Windows 7 and Windows 8, providing choice and flexibility for our customers," says Johan Hed, director of product management. "With the Enterprise LTSB version of Windows 10 that we've selected, users will continue to receive the latest security and critical updates required for supporting their mission-critical systems, while choosing how often they prefer to adopt new features." [Read Handheld Group media release] -- Posted Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Getac introduces Veretos Cloud evidence management solution for law enforcement and government agencies
Getac says it is introducing Veretos Cloud, a comprehensive, evidence management solution designed to handle digital assets obtained from in-car video solutions, interview rooms, and other digital devices. Built on the Microsoft Azure Government cloud platform, Veretos Cloud meets the security demands of government agencies and public safety organizations while allowing any digital video, image or document to be securely uploaded, browsed, viewed, classified, and shared using only a web browser. [See Veteros Mobile Video solutions] -- Posted Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Xplore secures $1 million contract from global logistics leader
X​plore Technologies announced it has received $1 million in orders from a global leader in logistics. The Motion F5m by Xplore Windows-based tablets will be deployed to crews to verify, certify, and analyze delivery routes. Utilizing the 4G XLTE mobile broadband connectivity and u-blox GPS of the F5m, the logistics customer is able to increase efficiency and productivity of route driver. [See Xplore media release] -- Posted Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Review: AMREL Flexpedient AT80 customizable Android tablet
With the Flexpedient AT80, AMREL offers a tough-as-nails 8-inch Android tablet that's about as customizable and configurable as it gets, down to not only ports and modules, but also color and even branding. This makes the AT80 an opportunity for any number of companies or agencies (or integrators or reseller) that need a tough tablet equipped to meet their very unique needs and standards. [See description, analysis and specs of the AMREL AT80] -- Posted Tuesday, February 2, 2016

noax adds nSMART for easy configuration of IPCs
Industrial PC maker noax has long been integrating monitoring and controlling options into their hardware, resulting in maximum dependability and reliability. They've now enhanced the control software with a redesigned graphic user interface that can even be operated with gloves on. [See noax media release] -- Posted Tuesday, February 2, 2016

IDC: Worldwide tablet shipments decline, detachables reach new high
IDC reports that the worldwide tablet market declined yet again in 4Q15 with 65.9 million units shipped, down -13.7% year over year. Total shipments for 2015 were 206.8 million, down -10.1% from 230.1 million in the prior year. Shipments for detachable tablets detachable tablets more than doubled since the fourth quarter of last year and reached an all-time high of 8.1 million devices. Pure slate tablets experienced their greatest annual decline to date of -21.1%. IDC says Apple sold over two million iPad Pros while Microsoft sold around 1.6 million Surface devices, a majority of which were Surface Pro and not the more affordable Surface 3, meaning that price is not the most important feature considered when acquiring a detachable – performance is." [See IDC report] -- Posted Monday, February 1, 2016

Avalue steps into medical display market
Avalue Technology announced a new member joining its medical family as the company has acquired 33.33% of Goomedi Laboratories, expecting Goomedi Lab. to fuel the growth of Avalue’s market share in the healthcare industry. IHS estimates the global medical displays market was at US$900 million in 2014, with projected revenue CAGR of 4.5% from 2014 to 2019. Goomedi Lab.’s product line, including medical monitors from 19” up to 55” surgical display supporting UHD 4K x 2K resolution. -- Posted Monday, February 1, 2016

Xplore blog on why a tablet alone doesn't a solution make
Excellent new article by Bob Ashenbrenner on Xplore Technologies' blog. It discusses how there's still significant room for improvement in mobile technology utilization. That's because while a growing number of enterprises are leveraging mobile devices in some capacity, many are still striving for greater use and acceptance of mobile devices on a daily basis. Ashenbrenner points out that rugged tablets are a “necessary, but not sufficient” component of smart and successful mobility strategies. "Simply having a rugged tablet at their disposal doesn’t mean they have an effective rugged mobile computing solution. At least not at first," Ashenbrenner says. You need not only the right device, but also the right partner and the right solution for your exact job. [See Converting Mobile Workers into Devout Mobile PC Users] -- Posted Monday, February 1, 2016

MobileDemand launches impressive new website
MobileDemand has launched its new website. It's an innovative, mobile-friendly design that features a clean, modern layout with secure, integrated shopping. The site is designed to educate visitors about choosing the right tablet for the job no matter what their industry or application may be, and then allow them to purchase online, through a certified partner or directly from a MobileDemand sales expert. We're impressed. At a time where we're seeing too many sites simply be converted to a limited and often confusing WordPress template, MobileDemand nailed it. The image shows how the site dynamically adjusts to phones (left) or full-size monitors (right). [See the new MobileDemand website] -- Posted Monday, February 1, 2016

Datalogic preliminary 2015 sales up 15.2%
Datalogic reports preliminary Q4 2015 revenues of €143.8 million, up 15.5% from Q4 2014. Datalogic's Automatic Data Capture division (which includes the former Datalogic Mobile) saw its revenues grow by 15.7% to €96.2 million compared to Q4 2014. For all of fiscal 2015, preliminary sales revenues reflect the gradual improvement achieved by all divisions, and came in at €535.1 million, with a growth of 15.2% compared to the full fiscal 2014. [See Datalogic financials press release] -- Posted Friday, January 29, 2016

DigiTimes 2016 global tablet shipment forecast
Here's what the always well-informed folks at DigiTimes see for the 2016 tablet market in their crystal ball: "In 2016, global tablet shipments will drop 4.8%, compared to a decline of 17.9% in 2015. With the exception of Microsoft and Huawei, most brands will see flat growth or a small decline in shipments. Some other key trends that Digitimes Research expects to see in 2016 include a continued drop in demand for 7-inch consumer price-friendly Wi-Fi tablets or tablets with phone features; increased popularity of Microsoft's Surface series and Windows 10; and slight on-year growth for Apple." Full details are via subscription here. -- Posted Thursday, January 28, 2016

VDC Research: Medical device and health care industry among fastest growing markets
According to VDC Research, the medical device and health care industry will be one of the fastest growing markets for embedded security solutions through the next 5 years, prompted by the evolving threat landscape and the lagging capabilities of OEMs, systems integrators, and end users. Security issues facing the medical sector span several dimensions: threat and vulnerability awareness, motivation and funding for investment, embedded technology availability and adoption, and social responsibility. [Read VDC Executive Brief] -- Posted Thursday, January 28, 2016

UK utility deploys 500 Panasonic Toughpad tablets for field workforce
Northumbrian Water, which operates in the north-east of England, has rolled out 500 Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 tablets to its field workers. The rugged devices are the single mobile tool used by NWL’s field force to provide real-time access to all its major systems. They are used to receive work schedules, locate sites through GIS applications, carryout risk assessments and report activity. Photos of sites or incidents can be taken using the tablet's camera and attached and sent directly to the system. Users can also access their office email and the internet, ensuring they have access to all the important systems when out working. [See NWL deploys 500 Toughpad tablets] -- Posted Thursday, January 28, 2016

Navy NAVFAC public works selects DT Research's DT311H rugged tablet
DT Research, which specializes in the development of information appliances for vertical markets, announced the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) has selected the Intel Broadwell-powered 11.6-inch and IP65-sealed DT311H rugged tablet to support and streamline their operations and provide a reliable computing tool for staff located in ship yards, warehouses, and other locations. -- Posted Wednesday, January 27, 2016

UK utility deploys 500 Panasonic Toughpad tablets for field workforce
Northumbrian Water, which operates in the north-east of England, has rolled out 500 Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 tablets to its field workers. The rugged devices are the single mobile tool used by NWL’s field force to provide real-time access to all its major systems. They are used to receive work schedules, locate sites through GIS applications, carryout risk assessments and report activity. Photos of sites or incidents can be taken using the tablet's camera and attached and sent directly to the system. Users can also access their office email and the internet, ensuring they have access to all the important systems when out working. [See NWL deploys 500 Toughpad tablets] -- Posted Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Avalue unveils reasonably priced 10.1-inch semi-rugged tablet
Avalue Technology — which is a global embedded solution provider and an associate member of the Intel Internet of Things Solutions Alliance — introduced their new 10.1-inch semi-rugged Intel Bay Trail-powered RiTab-10T1 for warehousing, retail, hospitality and mPOS applications. Avalue says the tablet can run either Windows or Android, is "reasonably priced," and comes standard with USB 2.0, micro SD card, micro HDMI, micro SIM card, WLAN, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and a 5MP rear camera. [See Avalue news release] -- Posted Tuesday, January 26, 2016 releases two new procap panelmount monitors, which provides industrial computers and peripherals market, has released two new projected capacitive multi-touch Panelmount LCD Monitors in 17.3" and 21.5" sizes with 1080p resolution (1920 x 1080) in widescreen 16:9 format. They are shock and vibration tested and well equipped with VGA/HD15, DVI-D, Composite and S-Video video input connectors, and will easily integrate into an enclosure, cabinet, console, wall, kiosks or other applications. [See Stealth media release] -- Posted Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Did Apple get the Pencil right?
Having professionally worked with, examined, and reviewed pens, pen-based, and touch-based mobile computing systems since 1993, we here at RuggedPCReview have an opinion or two on the matter. So did Apple get their highly promoted Pencil right? Umm... no. Why? Read our Follow-up on iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. -- Posted Monday, January 25, 2016

ADLINK brings Intel Braswell to SMARC and Qseven modules
ADLINK announced availability of a variety of SMARC and Qseven Computer-on-Module products based on the Intel "Braswell" Pentium and Celeron Processor N3000 Series. ADLINK’s LEC-BW is a SMARC Short Size Module, and their Q7-BW is based on the Qseven v2.0 hardware spec. Both modules come with LVDS, HDMI and DP graphics interfaces supporting multiple independent screens and offer rich I/O options. All versions come with ADLINK's SEMA (Smart Embedded Management Agent), enabling remote management and control of distributed devices. [See ADLINK media release] -- Posted Monday, January 25, 2016

It's Smart-Ex now.
Sometimes you have a great brand that you worked hard on, and then something happens and the name isn't so great anymore. That's what happened to iSiS-Ex, the company that's been oil and gas industry HMI specialists, building intrinsically safe computing gear for over 20 years. So they changed their name to Smart-Ex. [See Smart-Ex media release] -- Posted Monday, January 25, 2016

Review: ultra-rugged Broadwell-powered RuggON Rextorm PX-501 with dual-mode input and excellent hi-res display
RuggON is a relatively new Taiwanese manufacturer of rugged tablets and vehicle-mounts with a growing lineup of impressive hardened mobile computing products. RuggedPCReview has had a chance to examine the company's flagship tablet, the Intel Broadwell-powered Rextorm PX-501, in detail and found a compelling modern tablet solution with dual-mode input and a terrific, super-bright 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 display. [See full review of the RuggON Rextorm PX-501] -- Posted Thursday, January 21, 2016

Xplore Technologies takes top spot in America’s rugged tablet market share for second quarter in a row
Xplore Technologies announced it has secured the number one market share in rugged tablets in the Americas for the second quarter in a row, according to VDC Research. Reported in the 'Enterprise & Government Mobility Hardware Report on Rugged Mobile Quarterly Shipments', Xplore recorded significant Q3 2015 market leadership growth, growing from 28.3 percent to 37.1 percent market share. In addition to strong growth in the Americas, Xplore also grew its markets share in APAC to almost 11 percent. [See Xplore media release] -- Posted Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Panasonic Toughbook continues sponsorship with NASCAR's Hendrick Motorsports, now with Kasey Kahne's #5
Panasonic announced that Panasonic Toughbook will become a primary sponsor of the No. 5 Chevrolet SS team of driver Kasey Kahne in 2016, continuing its nearly decade-long relationship with 11-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports. [See Panasonic press release] -- Posted Wednesday, January 20, 2016

AMREL releases ROCKY DB7 — smallest fully rugged handheld with Windows 7
AMREL announced the release of the ROCKY DB7 — an upgrade of the smallest, lightest, fully rugged handheld that can support standard Windows 7 and Linux. The military/industrial DB7 has a resistive 480 x 800 pixel 5-inch display. The tough handheld is now powered by a dual-core Intel Atom E3825 "Bay Trail" CPU, a much more powerful chip than the Atom Z530 used in the older ROCKY DB6. [See description, analysis and specs of the AMREL ROCKY DB7] -- Posted Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Winmate FM10 vehicle-mount exceeds expectations
Technology advances very quickly these days, so replacing aging gear actually saves time and money. And sometimes an older product wasn't quite right for the job in the first place. Winmate's latest newsletter describes a situation where Winmate’s new FM10 Vehicle-Mount computers were retrofitted to customer forklifts for a head-to-head test of new versus existing. The result was a slam dunk, for the new Winmate FM10. [See FM10 series Vehicle-Mount Computer Exceeds Expectations] -- Posted Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Trimble Kenai — positioning experts deliver a sensible, state-of-the art 10-inch class tablet suitable for almost any job
While Trimble is best known for its GPS products and expertise, the company integrates all sorts of positioning technologies (GPS, laser, optical and inertial) with application software, wireless communications, and services to provide complete commercial solutions. With the Intel Bay Trail-powered Kenai, Trimble adds a rugged, versatile 10-inch class Windows 10 tablet with full 1920 x 1200 resolution and finger, stylus and glove capable capacitive touch. [See description, analysis and specs of the Trimble Kenai] -- Posted Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Juniper releases fully rugged IP68-rated 7" Windows 10 tablet
Juniper Systems introduced the Mesa 2, the company's first ever handheld device to run full Windows. The Intel Bay Trail-powered Mesa 2 has a 1280 x 800 pixel 7-inch glove- and wet-capable capacitive multi-touch display with Dragontrail protective glass, runs Windows 10, and weighs just 1.5 pounds. Available with battery life up to 15 hours, the Mesa 2 is the only rugged Windows tablet with an IP68 rating, meaning it's totally waterproof. Juniper offers special GEO, barcode and RFID reader versions. [See media release and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Juniper Mesa 2] -- Posted Monday, January 18, 2016

Handheld announces Algiz 10x/survey software combo for locating woodland cemetery burial sites
Handheld announced the availability of the rugged Algiz 10x tablet computer with Geolantis surveying software and a GNSS/GPS Rover as a solution to precisely locating burial sites in for woodland cemeteries who specialize in tree burials. In these cemeteries, people purchase a small plot to bury ashes in an urn near the base of existing trees. Each tree has a small plaque with the names of those whose ashes are buried there. The concept treats the forest with care and enables people to buy a tree location in advance for their funeral. -- Posted Thursday, January 14, 2016

Janam receives endorsement from leading enterprise software application provider
Anytime a software company of the size and reputation of SAP uses a piece of rugged mobile hardware in its promo videos, that's worth mentioning. So kudos to Janam, a leading provider of rugged mobile computers that scan barcodes and communicate wirelessly, for having its 5.9-inch Android-based XT1 rugged mini-tablet recognized for its ability to optimize manufacturing operations. [See Janam media release] -- Posted Thursday, January 14, 2016

Unitech launches ultra-rugged keypad PDA
Unitech introduced the PA820, a Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5-based keypad PDA designed specifically for work in the most challenging environments imaginable. The PA820 can handle 6-foot drops, has a very wide -4 to 140 degree Fahrenheit operating range, and IP66 sealing. It includes a full-VGA capacitive touch display, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth and 3.75G WWAN, as well as GPS and camera and laser scanner. [See description, analysis and specs of the Unitech PA820] -- Posted Thursday, January 14, 2016

Xplore secures $1 million order from leading Canadian retailer
Xplore announced it has received a $1 million order for its fully rugged Bobcat Windows series tablets and docks from one of Canada’s leading retailers. The customer is mounting the fully rugged Bobcat tablets on forklift trucks, shunt trucks and order pickers. -- Posted Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Zebra deploys player tracking solution for college football championship
Zebra Technologies, a global leader in solutions and services that provide real-time visibility into organizations’ assets, people and transactions, announced that its Zebra Sports Solution, which operates inside every NFL stadium, will be used for the College Football Playoffs (CFP) National Championship Game in Phoenix, Jan. 11, 2016. The Zebra Sports Solution allows to collect player stats in real time via sensors worn by each player. The data is then also used to create graphics for display on digital media channels and devices from jumbotrons to smart phones and tablets in real-time. -- Posted Monday, January 11, 2016

AMREL releases rugged, sunlight-readable keyboard tablet
AMREL introduced the Rocky DT10 fully rugged tablet with built-in keyboard. The DT10 seems to be a substantially more powerful version of the company's existing Intel Atom-based Rocky DT6. In addition to Intel Core i7 processing power, the new Rocky DT10 also benefits from a brighter, optically-bonded display with higher resolution, as well as beefed-up tech specs in other areas. [See description, analysis and specs of the AMREL Rocky DT10] -- Posted Saturday, January 9, 2016

AMREL rugged tablet computer in "The Martian"
If you have seen the movie "The Martian," you may have noticed the appearance of some interesting mobile computing gear. Among other, there is an AMREL ROCKY DK10 rugged tablet that stranded astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) uses for emergency hex code modifications to re-establish contact with earth. AMREL modestly points out that the ROCKY DK10 is not actually rated for extraterrestrial use, but they also mention that the choice of the DK10 is not surprising. The Hurt Locker, The Losers, Zero Dark Thirty, and other movies have all featured AMREL solutions. -- Posted Friday, January 8, 2016

Juniper Systems on customer satisfaction
Keeping customers happy and knowing what customers want is at the core of every business. In its latest blog, Juniper Systems explains what their quarterly customer satisfaction surveys mean to them, and how customer feedback is driving product features and improvements. [See Customer Satisfaction Surveys and What They Mean to Us] -- Posted Friday, January 8, 2016

VDC Research: global rugged hardware market over US$1 billion Q3/2015 thanks to strong rugged handheld sales
VDC Research reports that in Q3 2015, the total rugged mobile hardware market grossed just over US$1 billion in revenue shipments. Global year-to-date (YTD) revenue shipments totaled $3.2 billion and YTD unit shipments totaled over $3.1 million units across the globe. Q3 also showed a market with weakened global demand for rugged notebooks, but strong revenue shipments for handheld devices. Overall, the rugged hardware market continued to maintain a strong global presence, even in spite of some areas of weakness and additional competition from consumer-grade technologies. VDC Research addresses these issues and more in Rugged Mobile Quarterly Shipments Q3 2015. -- Posted Friday, January 8, 2016

What happened in rugged computing 5 years ago: January 2011
January 2011 saw a flurry of rugged device introductions. AMREL introduced the DB6 rugged Atom-based Windows handheld, Trimble the Ranger 3, DAP Technologies the M8930 and M8940 full and half-screen rugged tablets, ARBOR the M1040 medical clinical assistant, DRS Tactical the ARMOR X7 rugged tablet, DT Research the WebDT 372 rugged tablet with encrypted PIN pad, Motion the CL900 Windows tablet, and Datalogic the Falcon X3. Intermec bought Vocollect and released the 70 Series of ultra-rugged handhelds. Psion removed "Teklogix" from its name, and we wondered if the Marvell PXA processors, for many years the mainstay of handheld device processors, were on their way out. Microsoft introduced Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5, Intel the "Sandy Bridge" 2nd gen Core processors, and Juniper began shipping its Mesa Geo 3G Rugged Notepad. [Seefull January 2011 archive] -- Posted Friday, January 8, 2016

Intel saw weak mobile solution shipments in 2015
According to DigiTimes, despite an aggressive subsidy strategy, Intel saw weak mobile solution shipments in 2015. Apparently, an attempt to phase out Bay Trail and move to its more expensive Cherry Trail successor that had some startup issues didn't help matters. For 2016, DigiTimes reports, Intel will continue to push its entry-level Cherry Trail SoFIA SoC as its main product for the smartphone and tablet markets. -- Posted Friday, January 8, 2016

Getac sees revenue growth in December, full year 2015
According to DigiTimes, Getac Technology announced revenues of US$54 million for December 2015, up 11.5% compared to December 2014, rounding out 2015 with US$553 million in annual revenue, up 12.8% from 2014. About 45% of Getac's revenue is from rugged product lines, 55% from plastic and lightweight metal components. -- Posted Thursday, January 7, 2016

Zebra introduces innovative TC8000 mobile computer
Zebra Technologies introduced the enterprise-class Android-based TC8000 mobile computer whose novel, innovative design the company says can save an hour per worker per shift. Completely re-architected compared to standard pistol-grip handhelds, the 17-ounce, IP65-sealed TC8000 has a 4-inch 800 x 480 pixel multi-touch display, comes with either a Zebra SE965 laser or SE4750 imager, as well as All-touch TE software that transforms legacy "green screen" applications into all touch HTML 5-based apps without coding. [See Zebra press release and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Zebra TC8000] -- Posted Thursday, January 7, 2016

Handheld Group's January 2016 newsletter
Handheld Group's latest newsletter highlights the Algiz 10X. The rugged tablet that saved countless worker hours for coal miners (see case study) and provided powerful all-day data collection for storm researchers (see case study) is now available with even better specs — and a lower price. Handheld also reports on Swiss motorcyclist Mike Biedermann who's traveling the world with his bike and an Algiz 7 rugged tablet. Biedermann is using the Algiz 7 for daily navigation tasks and to post trip updates on his blog (see here). [See Handheld Group January newsletter] -- Posted Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Panasonic launches affordable, semi-rugged 12.5-inch Toughpad FZ-Q1 Windows tablet
Panasonic introduced the 12.5-inch Toughpad FZ-Q1 as the newest member of its Toughpad family of enterprise-grade rugged tablet computers. The FZ-Q1 addresses the emerging demand for larger-screen tablets, and it does so in a cleanly designed, versatile package that's reasonably priced. We also like the availability of two distinctly different performance levels, and the thought Panasonic put into creating a product that's tough enough for use away from the office, but not weighed down by the price and weight of a fully rugged design. [See description, analysis and specs of the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-Q1] -- Posted Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Added: Zebra VC80 ultra-rugged vehicle computer
The VC80 was introduced by Zebra Technologies late 2015 as an ultra-rugged vehicle-mounted mobile computer intended to bring full Windows and significant computing power to to material-handling vehicle operators who require mobile access to productivity-improving desktop applications. The 10.4-inch (400 or 1000 nits versions available) VC80is powered by an Intel Bay Trail E3825 or E3845 chip, runs Win 7 Pro, WES 7 or Windows 10, carries IP66 sealing, and can handle extreme temperatures. [See description, analysis and specs of the Zebra VC80 vehicle-mount computer] -- Posted Friday, January 1, 2016

Highton Electronics launches rugged 8” multi-function Intel Bay Trail-powered Tablet PC
Highton Electronics, a Chinese manufacturer specializing in in rugged phone and tablet devices, announced the HR802 rugged Tablet PC. Available with either Windows 10 or Android, the Intel Bay Trail Z3735F-powered 1.75-pound HR801 has an 8-inch 1280 x 800 procap display, up to 128GB SSD, Wifi, Bluetooth, GPS/GLONASS, NFC, 4G LTE, 2D barcode imager, and fingerprint scanner. We have not had hands-on with the HR802, but it appears that Chinese white box manufacturers are making significant progress in rugged tablets. [See Highton Electronics HR802] -- Posted Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Winmate launches 10.1" multi-touch Panel PC for maritime use
The market for interactive smart display systems for maritime use is rapidly growing, and it needs reliable, durable high-performance technology. Winmate's new W10IB3S-MRH2 Multi-Touch Marine Panel PC fills that need. It replaces cumbersome chart plotters and conventional PCs, providing superior connectivity, the ability to control and power multiple devices, and it is IEC60945 4th edition compliant. The rugged Winmate Marine PPC is ideal for small or large commercial vessels, fishing boats, recreational sailboats, and offshore racers. [See Winmate 10.1" Panel PC for maritime use] -- Posted Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Advantech receives Taiwan Excellence 2016 Award
Advantech announced that its TREK-773 third generation all-in-one mobile data terminal for heavy duty fleet management, TREK-733L compact light-duty mobile data terminal for local fleet management, and TREK-973 compact light-duty rugged tablet have been awarded a Taiwan Excellence 2016 Award. [See Advantech media release] -- Posted Tuesday, December 29, 2015

RAM Mounts named as CES 2016 Innovation Awards honoree
RAM Mounts reports that the Consumer Technology Association has named RAM's IntelliSkin and GDS Technology as a CES 2016 Innovation Awards Honoree. Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers. [See RAM Mounts media release] -- Posted Thursday, December 24, 2015

Belgian Railways moves to Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1
Panasonic reports that when Belgian Railways (NMBS) was looking to update its train managers’ digital system, used to scan passengers' travel cards and e-tickets, provide information and sell tickets on board, it chose Panasonic’s Toughpad FZ-M1 tablet. "A project like this one for NMBS called for a unique solution," said Steven Vindevogel, country manager for Panasonic. "The Toughpad FZ-M1 used in the platform was specially designed for NMBS. We started with a device that we knew was suitable for the task at hand, while being flexible enough to be customized. It was a real challenge, but in the end we managed to integrate all the required functionalities, while keeping the weight to just 850g." [See Panasonic media release] -- Posted Sunday, December 20, 2015

Juniper Systems' Holiday wishes
Those talented guys at rugged handheld maker Juniper Systems are poets, too! Just go see their unique rendition of "Jingle Bells!" Who'd have thunk? [See Juniper's Jingle Bells holiday lyrics] -- Posted Friday, December 18, 2015

Olixir launches Mobile DataVaults with up to 8TB storage
Olixir reports that its rugged Mobile DataVault F32 is now available with up to 3TB capacity, and its semi-rugged Mobile DataVault F33/F43 with up to 8TB of storage. Both can be used as stand-alone external drives or in towers/racks, and both use fast USB 3.0 or eSATA. [See Olixir Mobile DataVault comparison matrix] -- Posted Thursday, December 17, 2015

ADLINK launches future-proof Smart Touch panel computers
ADLINK Technology introduced the Smart Touch Computer (STC) for industrial applications. Designed using the Smart Mobility Architecture (SMARC) computer-on-module concept to offer flexibility and scalability, the STC is available with 10.4”, 12.1” and 15” resistive or procap touch displays, and is powered by a quad-core Intel Atom E3845 processor. [See ADLINK media release] -- Posted Thursday, December 17, 2015

Janam and Mainstreet Inc partner to deliver retail mobility solutions
Rugged mobile computer provider Janam and Mainstreet Inc., which specializes on retail in-store systems, announced a partnership to deliver robust, flexible mobility solutions to retailers. The partnership was initiated in light of retailers' renewed focus on in-store technologies in an increasingly complex retail environment. -- Posted Thursday, December 17, 2015

Review: Octa-core powered rugged ARBOR Gladius 10
As tablets are becoming ever more popular in the workforce, there's an increasing need for products that are slim and light, but also tough enough for work in the field. One such tablet is ARBOR's fanless Android-based octa-core powered Gladius 10 that includes an industrial-grade scanner, excellent cameras, mini-HDMI, and IP65 sealing. [See full review of the ARBOR Gladius 10] -- Posted Wednesday, December 16, 2015

ADLINK Technology acquires PrismTech
The vast promise of IoT, the Internet of Things, continues to fuel mergers and acquisitions, and so far it's mostly been hardware vendors gobbling up software providers. A month ago Advantech reported it acquired B+B SmartWorx, and now ADLINK Technology announced the purchase of PrismTech, a supplier of software platforms, tools and services. [See PrismTech media release and Q&A] -- Posted Monday, December 14, 2015

Logic Supply launches very clever System Finder tool
The German expression "Die Qual der Wahl" refers to the pain of being confronted with too many choices. Which is something systems integrators often experience when sifting through hundreds of available hardware modules and platforms on a website before finding what they need. The ever innovative folks at Logic Supply know that and created The Logic Supply System Finder tool that allows customers to very quickly find what they need via a set of very clever filters. [Check out the Logic Supply System Finder] -- Posted Monday, December 14, 2015

Juniper blog: creating specialized solutions based on Juniper Systems rugged handheld hardware
In an example of how rugged handhelds can be customized for specific deployments and then rebranded, Juniper Systems worked with partner E.H. Wachs to create the specialized HC-100 handheld. The HC-100 acts as a controller and a data collection device for their trailer and vehicle-mounted valve exercisers. [Read Juniper blog on creating the E.H. Wachs’ Valve Maintenance Controller] -- Posted Saturday, December 12, 2015

Janam's flagship line of rugged mobile computers now offers dual-OS support
Janam announced an addition to its XM series of rugged mobile handhelds. The new XM70, while retaining the form factor of the company's popular XM66, offers dual OS support. Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 remains available, but the XM70 also supports Android Jelly Bean. This allows customers to hedge their bets, examine migration possibilities, while benefitting from full peripheral compatibility with the XM66. The XM70 also brings substantial tech upgrades and doubles performance. [See Janam media release and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Janam XM70] -- Posted Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Getac Nov 2015 financials
According to DigiTimes, Getac Technology reported revenues of US$49.3 million for November 2015, increasing 4.9% on year, and US$503 million for January-November, rising 14.2% on year. Getac expects the ruggedized PC business to contribute 45% of its 2015 revenues, up from 40% in 2014. The increase will significantly improve the company's profits. The company expects the percentage to continue to grow to 50%. -- Posted Tuesday, December 8, 2015

An assessment of the Apple Pencil
A few weeks after the Apple iPad Pro began shipping, the Apple Pencil is now available also. Steve Jobs was adamantly opposed to pens, but 5-1/2 years after the iPad was first introduced, the Apple Pencil is here, at least for the big iPad Pro. It's expensive (US$99), but it may well change what users expect from a tablet. How well does the Apple Pencil work, and has Apple learned from history? [Read our assessment of the Apple pencil] -- Posted Monday, December 7, 2015

MobileDemand reveals two new rugged Windows 10 tablets with barcode scanning
MobileDemand announced the addition of two new powerful yet affordable Windows Professional devices with barcoding scanning capabilities. The 10.1-inch xTablet T1500 and the 8-inch xTablet T8500 are engineered specifically for the mobile workforce, where productivity is priority and device downtime is not an option. [See description, analysis and spec of the MobileDemand xTablet T8500] -- Posted Friday, December 4, 2015

An inexpensive solution for the glove/capacitive touch issue?
California-based GloveTacts believes it has a solution for using any capacitive touch device with gloves. They created special pads with embedded micro carbon filaments that simulates human skin conductivity and attach securely and durably to nearly any glove via an advanced 3M adhesive. [See GloveTacts] -- Posted Thursday, December 3, 2015

Exxon Mobil deploys Janam XM5 rugged handhelds
Janam Technologies LLC announced that ExxonMobil, the largest publicly traded international oil and gas company, is deploying XM5 rugged mobile computers from Janam to improve fire protection inspection, testing and maintenance services. “It is critical for companies operating in hazardous conditions to ensure the safety of employees, neighbors and the environment,” said Harry B Lerner, CEO of Janam. “Our super-rugged, super-capable XM5 rugged mobile computer is Intrinsically Safe and uniquely designed to enable organizations like ExxonMobil maintain the highest standards of safety.” [See Janam media release] -- Posted Thursday, December 3, 2015

New JLT Mobile video demonstrates glove touch
In September we reported on JLT Mobile Computers' JLT1214P logistics panel computer with Rugged Projective Capacitive Touch (PCT) technology that works with gloves. And not just thin ones. A simple new video from JLT shows how well their new glove touch works. [Watch JLT glove touch video] -- Posted Wednesday, December 2, 2015

ADLINK announces new quad-core rugged fanless computer
ADLINK Technology announced its new Matrix MXE-1400 series of rugged quad-core Intel E3845-based fanless embedded computers, which the company claims has the highest I/O density among compact embedded systems. Capable of handling -40°F to 158°F extended operating temperature and extreme vibration/shock make the MXE-1400 an ideal choice for a wide range of applications supporting intelligent transportation, in-vehicle multimedia, surveillance and factory automation. [See ADLINK MXE-1400 Series]
-- Posted Wednesday, December 2, 2015

What happened in rugged computing 5 years ago: Dec. 2010
In December 2010, Fujitsu got out of the hard drive business, Taiwan's OEMs beefed up to handle tablet technology (they now manufacture all iPads), Motorola decided to split into Motorola Mobility (cellphones) and Motorola Solution (enterprise and government business), with Moto Solutions expected to be an $8-9 billion company. GammaTech introduced the D12C convertible notebook and N-trig brought its pen and multi-touch technology to Android. The media predicted tablets would destroy the netbook market and eat into notebooks. DAP Technologies introduced the M4000 handheld and Psion the EP10 rugged PDA. Motorola and Janam resolved patent disputes. Atmel introduced a touch chipset that could handle gloves, Verizon turned on its 4G LTE service, and TI introduced the Android-capable dual-core OMAP4440 processor. We reviewed the DLI 8800 rugged POS tablet, the Getac B300, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab, which we viewed as the first serious competitor to the iPad. -- Posted Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The value of edge computing
DigiTimes quotes NEXCOM's Chief Technology Officer as saying that despite IoT's emphasis on Internet and Cloud, edge computing -- i.e. the filtering, analyzing and interpreting of all the data collected by sensors -- may be where much of the IoT payoff is. Intelligently responding to the vast amount of real-time data fosters predictive maintenance, smooth flow of operations, and timely response to potentially crucial trends. -- Posted Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Digitizes sees move to larger size tablets
DigiTimes predicts that Apple's iPad Pro and Microsoft's Surface 2-in-1 devices will boost demand for large-size tablets (more than 30 million units in 2016), partly offsetting shipment declines in small-size segments. This will result in global tablet shipments dropping only 4.8% on year to reach 196 million units in 2016. DigiTimes also sees China-based white-box players gradually forced out the tablet market as profit margins decline due to lack of differentiation. -- Posted Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Strategy Analytics: Windows gaining on tablets
Strategy Analytics projects that Windows will gain significant market share in tablets as enterprise tablet adoption and the demand for a premium OS on tablets grows. Strategy Analytics sees Windows tablet market share grow from the current 10% to 18% by 2019, mostly at the cost of Android which will fall from 68% to 58%, with iOS share staying at around 23%. [See Strategy Analytics media release] -- Posted Sunday, November 29, 2015

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Otterbox 7000
Symbol WT 4000 Series
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ViewSonic V38r
Itronix GoBook XR-1
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