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.
Garmin has announced two new action cameras which it hopes can de-throne GoPro with the addition of more action data. The new Virb X and Virb XE models boast a new more GoPro-like form-factor, and come in standard and high-end versions like the Hero4 Silver and Black
cameras. However, the new cameras are waterproof without the need for an external case, and are packed with sensors which allow users to display data overlays on their action videos.
Panasonic has revealed its latest action camera in the form of the compact and wearable HX-A1. Decidedly less quirky than the 4K-toting HX-A500
it launched last year, the new model does away with the cable-connected screen and recording unit in favor of a self-contained cylindrical device. The tough compact body houses everything it needs to record Full HD point-of-view footage.
It wasn't long ago that bringing a rugged PC along literally required lugging a rigid office-in-a-suitcase sort of setup into the field. But new systems like the Durabook R11 from GammaTech combine touchscreens and the trend towards smaller, lighter and thinner devices into a much more portable package.
Today's smartphones are really more like pocket computers that also happen to make phone calls. The Gladius 5, a ruggedized phablet from Arbor, takes this truism a step further with a hand-held device that's more like a complete workplace, including the ability to make phone calls via one of two available SIM card slots.
Sometimes, all one needs to get through the workday is some coffee. Depending on where you work, though, getting a coffee maker onto the job site might end really poorly for the device, as most machines aren't designed to take a beating. That's the problem OXX set out to solve with the introduction of its COFFEEBOXX coffee maker. It's water-resistant, dust-proof, crush-proof, and all kinds of other proofs.
When we were introduced to HeadFoams headphones
earlier this year, it was as a kid-centric product which promised to survive whatever your little ones could throw at them. But now accident-prone adults can also get in on the nearly-indestructible headphone action with the release of HeadFoams Pro, an adult-sized version, which also promises grown-up audio quality.