I have this thing for rugged style products, not sure why, maybe it’s because I’m rough on my gadgets, but part of it is that I think all products should be fairly durable and rugged, but they’re not. Right now I’ve got the Verizon Wireless Casio G’Zone Brigade, and it’s a tough phone, one that I could happily keep using. Anyway, Logic Instrument has just introduced the FieldBook, it’s a Windows based handheld, touch screen computer that operated down to –20C and up to +50C. It’s got a 7” 1024×768 sunlight readable display and can survive a four foot drop with no problems. Specs are rather vanilla with an Intel Atom 1.6GHZ cpu, 2gb ram and a G-Sensor protected 120gb HDD. You can up to five hours battery life from it, but it does have hot-swappable batteries. It made to be for business and industrial uses, but it’s got Windows so anyone can use. There’s no mention on pricing…
The standard FieldBook features a 7” Sunlight readable 1024 x 600 pixel WVGA display with high resolution resistive glovetouch screen, a 1.6GHz Atom CPU with 2GB RAM and a G-Sensor protected 120GB HDD.
FieldBook’s configuration flexibility lets a user choose from a wide range of internally installed capabilities that can include: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, camera, USB, RS232, Ethernet, RFID, Barcode and PCMCIA, ExpressCard or mini-PCI Express slots. Optional capabilities include: RS422, RS485, CANbus, MIL-STD-1553, video Input, auto and truck mounts, external battery chargers and office docks.
FieldBook operates stand alone up to 5 hours from dual 2500 mAh hot swappable batteries and can be powered a 115/230V AC or wide range 10-30 VDC adapter. Power options include an modular external battery charger and an office dock that provides both an independent battery charger capability and additional RS232, USB and LAN ports for docked use.