Leica has decided to take its famous red dot underwater with the launch of its first rugged and waterproof camera designed especially for outdoor use. The Leica X-U (Typ 113) is a fixed prime lens compact designed to be adventure-ready. In addition to a 16-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and a 23-mm F1.7 lens, the camera is shock-resistant, dust-sealed, and waterproof.
Panasonic's Toughbook 20 stays true to its name with the lineup's trademark rugged build. It's the first in the line that supports both laptop and tablet modes.
Panasonic's latest performance-focused Toughpad has the same 4K resolution we've seen in other models, but offers some serious horsepower under the hood, with an updated processor, better graphics and high-end storage options. At 20 inches, it's a huge tablet, and like previous models, is aimed squarely at professionals.
Headphones let us enjoy music just about anywhere, but if you don't want to isolate yourself socially and share some tunes then a portable speaker is the way to go. However, not all are built to withstand the perils of rough outdoor life, and ones that are may not be portable or loud enough. Ultimate Ears' new UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker is designed to be adventure-proof, louder, and longer-reaching than the original.
Although the days of freedom are quickly counting down to the start of
school sessions for many of us, it doesn't mean that fun in the sun has
to end. With that in mind, Ecoxgear has just launched a series of rugged
speakers designed to keep up and rock out.
Rugged computer specialist Getac has released a new rough and tumble piece of hardware and this time it isn't messing around. Designed specifically for those working in hazardous environments, the T800-Ex Windows tablet is dustproof, waterproof and, hopefully redundantly, explosion proof.
Last year JVC gave its Everio camcorders a rugged makeover, with the GZ-R10 and GZ-R70 models getting the same sort of protection as its ADIXXION actioncam. Now the firm has updated its tough camcorder offering with the new Quad Proof Everio GZ-R450 and GZ-R320, which boast improved battery life and performance, while still being dust-proof, water-proof, drop-proof and freeze-proof.
If you've seen Mad Max: Fury Road, then you'll be familiar with
the tank-tracked Peacemaker chase vehicle. In fact, the Peacemaker was
actually a modified Ripsaw, an off-road vehicle manufactured by
Maine-based Howe and Howe Technologies. Although the movie version had
a car body on top, the consumer/military version is open-topped. Now,
however, Howe & Howe has announced the new-and-enclosed Ripsaw EV2
(Extreme Vehicle 2) – it's described as a "high-end luxury super tank."
Kyocera is continuing with its mission to make tough (often affordable) phones. The company's latest rugged device is the Torque G02, which Kyocera claims is the first sea water-resistant smartphone.
Vehicles that are practical and tough enough to deal with the rigors of
farm life need to be able to carry their loads across rough and rocky terrain.
That's where the Australia-built Tomcar comes in. Built around a strong, light
frame, the Tomcar has been designed to carry people and their goods across
whatever Mother Nature can throw at it.