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Rugged

The AlumaSki is intended for recreational use, along with rescue and defense applications

Jet Skis are certainly able to squeeze into narrow waterways, although you probably wouldn't feel comfortable scraping one's hull against a rocky riverbed. Steel-hulled jet boats are considerably tougher than Jet Skis, but they're not nearly as nimble. Alaska-based Mackinnon Marine Technologies' AlumaSki, however, attempts to combine the best of both worlds. It has the form factor of a personal watercraft, along with a one-piece quarter-inch-thick aluminum hull.  Read More

The Ricoh WG-M1 is a waterproof, shock-resistant, and cold-resistant actioncam

The newly announced Ricoh WG-M1 is the latest addition to the WG-series of rugged adventure cameras. But its quirky form-factor differs from the rest of the line-up, and the new 14-megapixel camera is clearly designed to compete in the action camera market. It features a wide-angle lens, built-in Wi-Fi and a 1.5-inch LCD screen.  Read More

Are six wheels better than four?

Before Mercedes first unveiled its G 63 AMG 6x6, California-based Tyrant Motorworks converted a 2012 Jeep Wrangler to six-wheel-drive. Developed mainly as a promotional vehicle, it's now about to be replaced by a new-and-improved model ... so it can be yours, if you place the winning bid on eBay.  Read More

The Cat S50 smartphone's 4.7-inch touchscreen features Gorilla Glass 3 and wet finger trac...

Caterpillar, a company best known for making construction equipment, is launching a new smartphone called the S50. This device is designed to be rugged and durable, which means it should be able to handle the lifestyle of users who enjoy the outdoors, as well as those who need to use it for work.  Read More

The new Digital Drum 2.0 from UNICEF and partners

For the past couple of years, UNICEF Uganda and partners have been designing, developing, prototyping and rolling out youth-focused community computers that can operate on mains power where available, or solar-power in remote rural areas. Work has just finished on the design of the second generation Digital Kiosk, and the UK's fanless computer specialist Aleutia is now working on a new open source, low power computer system to squeeze into the table-topped repurposed oil drum that will become the Digital Drum.  Read More

Every case here should afford your Apple or Samsung smartphone some significant durability

Over the years the smartphone has proved to be a fantastic and versatile tool, with uses ranging from music production to gaming. But one thing it’s rarely good at is looking after itself. If you’re regularly out and about, then you’ll likely want a case for your device that can offer it some serious protection. Read on as we highlight five great options for keeping your precious handset out of harm’s way.  Read More

The HexHog will set you back from £18,000 to £25,000 (Photo: HexHog)

Though electric wheelchairs offer users increased mobility, they don't tend to perform very well in off-road conditions. British engineer Sion Pierce aims to give disabled people another option in this regard with the HexHog, a six-wheeled, electric ATV (all terrain vehicle) that, like the UNiMO is designed to take on the most difficult terrain you can throw at it.  Read More

Dog & Bone's Backbone wireless charging case for iPhone 5/5s

With no shortage of wireless charging options for the smartphone, it is getting harder for manufacturers to find a point of difference. Australian company Dog & Bone has unveiled what it says is the world's first shockproof wireless charging case for the iPhone 5. Join Gizmag, as we try the Backbone on for size.  Read More

The Toughpad FZ-E1 runs on Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld, while the FZ-X1 is home to Andro...

Panasonic has added two new additions to its range of rugged Toughpad tablets designed for workers on the move. Both ready-for-anything 5-inch slates can shrug off being dropped on concrete, dive under water, and even include a built-in heater to help keep things moving in sub-zero temperatures. They promise a long battery life, include a nifty rain-sensing feature that prevents accidental activation of the HD touch panel by falling rain, and and are available with voice and data connectivity. The only marked difference between the two is the operating system running the show, the FZ-E1 coming with Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld and the FZ-X1 home to Android 4.2.2.  Read More

A sheet of clear polymer treated with the new electrode coating

Chances are that the touchscreen on your smartphone or tablet incorporates a coating of indium tin oxide, also known as ITO or tin-doped indium oxide. Although it's electrically conductive and optically transparent, it's also brittle and thus easily-shattered. Scientists at Ohio's University of Akron, however, are developing something that could ultimately replace the material. They've created an electrode coating that's not only as transparent and more conductive than ITO, but is also far tougher.  Read More

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