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Nautiz X3 Rugged WinMob PDA

Posted in PDAs by Conner Flynn on October 6th, 2010

You may not use one, but many companies still need to use a rugged PDA. And if you do need one, the Nautiz X3 should do the trick. It’s a Windows Mobile 6.5 device with an IP65 rating and meets the MIL-STD-810G standard. It’s capable of withstanding drops from 1.8 meters and will operate in temperatures from -20 degrees Celsius to 60 degrees Celsius.

No info on price yet, but specifications include: Windows Mobile 6.5, 806MHz X-Scale processor, 256MB of RAM, 512MB of flash, 3G modem, Bluetooth, GPS, Altimeter, G-sensor, Compass, 3,300mAh battery, 2.8-inch QVGA touchscreen display and a 3-megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash.

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Motorola MC9500 smartphone

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on September 16th, 2009

Motorola MC9500 smartphoneThe latest offering from Motorola is this Windows Mobile-powered smartphone, the MC9500. This one is for tough industrial situations where you need a rugged Phone. The MC9500 also sports an accelerometer so you can tip the device toward a delivery customer and have the screen flip around for signing and has five swappable keypads.

Charging requires it to hook up into a modular, “form factor agnostic” charging system with LED indicators on the 4800 mAh batteries that show the current level of juice in the batteries. Some other features include a 3-megapixel camera, EV-DO and HSPA modules, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and a 3.7? 640 x 480 display.

Flipside Wallet protects you from RFID theft

Posted in Apparel by Conner Flynn on August 4th, 2009

Flipside Wallet protects you from RFID theftThe Flipside Wallet is a wallet for the 21st century. It’s a front pocket wallet that acts like a traditional bi-fold, but has some added features for the times we live in. It’s secure, durable and functional. The Flipside Wallet is made from high strength polymers and anodized aluminum alloy components.

The interesting part is that the wallet will also shield your Credit and I.D. cards from RFID theft. Carry all of your cash, cards and pictures like you normally do. Everything is just more secure.

Nokia 3720 official, the “most rugged mobile handset to date”

Posted in Nokia by Conner Flynn on July 9th, 2009

nokiaNokia’s not a company that’s known for ultra-survivable and rugged gear, but I guess they figured out that rugged phones are a good idea. The 3720 candybar features a 2 megapixel cam with LED flash, triband EDGE, FM radio, microSD expansion, and Bluetooth 2.1.

The phone is built to meet IP54 standards. What this means is that “ingress of dust is not entirely prevented, but it must not enter in sufficient quantity to interfere with the satisfactory operation of the equipment; complete protection against contact”. That means that it may get dirty as anything, but it’ll keep functioning and it can also withstand “splashing” water.

Land Rover S1 phone stomped by Elephants, ran over with Land Rover

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on July 2nd, 2009

Land Rover phones by Sonim TechnologiesDon’t believe that the Sonim/Land Rover S1 phone is the toughest phone? Well, it can stand up to being stomped on by an elephant and it survives being run over by an actual Land Rover as well as getting thrown out of a second floor window.

Oh and it also survived being dunked in mud, cooked in a 300 degree oven, and soaked in beer. After all of that, it was a three ton forklift that finally killed it.

Pentax’s Optio W80 is tough

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on June 24th, 2009

Pentax's Optio W80 is toughPentax’s Optio W80 is the company’s toughest point and shoot camera yet. It’s also waterproof up to 16 feet underwater and it will survive drops from 3.3 feet and works in 14 degree weather. So if you are an adventurer looking for a rugged point and shoot, this one sounds like a good bet.

It’s arriving next month for $300. The available colors are Cardinal Red, Azure Blue and Gunmetal Gray. Pentax is also offering a custom designed clear protective skin for $16.95 along with a comfortable floating wrist strap for $19.95.

Army Rescue Tape, so tough it can be used as an emergency fan belt

Posted in Tools by Conner Flynn on May 5th, 2009

Army Rescue TapeYou thought Nuclear Duct Tape was tough. Army Rescue Tape is so good that the armed forces use it. It doesn’t say what they use for though. How tough is it? Well they say that it can even be used as an emergency fan belt. Yeah, that’s tough.

Made of silicone, the tape bonds to itself 1 minute after adhesion. The bond becomes permanent and the tape tears at 700psi so using your teeth isn’t a good idea. It’s acid, solvent and oil resistant and it’s resistant to UV rays.

Axxana Phoenix: Bomb proof data protection

Posted in Security by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2009

Axxana Phoenix: Bomb proof data protectionThe Axxana Phoenix is a solid state flash memory disk array that backs up and stores your important data with no need of remote transfer. It claims to be the toughest data recorder in the world. It can withstand earthquake grade shocks of up to 40G and 5000 pounds of pressure.

It can stand up to extreme temperatures as well. It can survive 2000 degrees F for one hour followed by 450 F for another 6 hours. How about the ability to withstand 30 feet of water pressure and a piercing from a 500 pound rod dropped from 10 feet. Now that’s tough.

MacBook Air survives plane crash

Posted in MacBook by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2009

MacBook Air survives plane crashBack in February, a Turkish Airways jet crashed in Amsterdam. Nine people were killed and 121 were injured. One passenger, Sefer Baris, along with his MacBook Air managed to survive the crash. Sefer was in seat number seven at the front of business class.

He was watching a movie when it happened. When the plane began to land he closed the Macbook and put it into it’s skin. Sefer broke his neck, while his MacBook just got a little warped. It’s bent and beat up, but booted up and is expected to recover.

AT&T intros Samsung A657

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on April 12th, 2009

AT&T intros Samsung A657AT&T just launched the Samsung A657, adding another push-to-talk handset to their lineup. The candybar is a tough one that comes with a rubberized shell that meets US military standards for shock, moisture, temperature and other rough stuff. No camera here though.

And since it’s rugged, why not throw in a flashlight. They did. That way while doing all of the rugged, rough and tumble things you do, you’ll be able to see what’s around you at night. Some other features include Bluetooth, 3G support, GPS mapping and a microSDHC memory card slot.

Garmin 405CX and 310XT Forerunner watches with GPS

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on April 2nd, 2009

Garmin 405CX and 310XT Forerunner watches with GPSGarmin is offering up two new watches in the Forerunner lineup. They look a tad, uh, fugly. The waterproof 310XT and the 405CX, which is the successor to the 405. Fugly they may be, but they pack in a lot of functions.

The 310XT features a tough waterproof shell rated for a depth of up to 50 meters, and 20 hours of battery life. Both the 310XT and the 405CX include GPS, wireless, data syncing and will track your burned calories. These are great watches for Athletes looking for a personal trainer on their wrist.

Motorola VE465 clamshell is built tough

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on March 17th, 2009

Motorola VE465 clamshell is built toughMotorola introduced its VE465 semi-rugged clamshell handset, available on Alltel’s website. But there’s no word on pricing details just yet. Those living in Canada can check out the VE465 on Telus if inclined, where it shall be known as the “Motorola VE465 Active Edition”.

Some specs include: CDMA 800/1900/1700/2100 connectivity, 1.9″ TFT internal display with 176 x 220 pixels and 65k colors, 1.05″ CSTN external display with 96 x 80 pixels, Brew OS, Stereo Bluetooth, Music/video player, 1.3 megapixel camera, USB 2.0, and a microSD memory card slot.

Brunton Helios Stormproof Lighter

Posted in Lighters by Conner Flynn on March 3rd, 2009

Brunton Helios Stormproof LighterLighters are great and all, but they are too prone to fail. Typical lighters can run out of fuel, or the flint may need to be replaced. Once they get wet, that’s it. That’s not good if you need to use it in an emergency. Sometimes you need a more rugged lighter. Like the Brunton Helios Stormproof Lighter.

Priced at $49, it has a windproof adjustable high-temp flame that can withstand winds up to 80mph. Its Piezo electric switch provides up to 30,000 ignitions. And when the lid is closed, Helios is completely waterproof. It refills using the Brunton FuelTool which costs around $12. That’s probably the only downside.

Canon PowerShot D10 is tough, looks odd

Posted in Canon by Conner Flynn on February 18th, 2009

Canon PowerShot D10 is tough, looks oddThe Canon PowerShot D10 is rugged. It’s a 12-megapixel point-and-shoot that is waterproof up to 33 feet, freeze proof to 14 degrees, and you can even drop it from four feet and it will live on. As far as looks, it kind of the reminds us of the iMac.

Another cool feature is that if the blue color doesn’t suit you, you can snap on other colors, including a camo skin. The D10′s design will cost you $329.99.

Timex Expedition WS4 watch

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on February 2nd, 2009

Timex Expedition WS4 watchThe Timex Expedition WS4 looks pretty ordinary, but it isn’t. Some of it’s features include an altimeter, barometer, thermometer, chronograph, alarm and compass. This isn’t some slim sissy watch for a nerd wrist. This one’s for real men. Rugged type dudes. Adventurers.

Being a Timex watch, the WS4 will take a licking and keep on ticking. It’s also water resistant up to 50 meters and comes with a rubber strap which can be mounted to a fabric strap, so you can wear on the outside of your heavy gear should the need arise.


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