Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Rugged

Braven's new BRV-X outdoor wireless speaker

Braven has announced the immediate availability of an adventure-proof high definition wireless speaker system that could be deserving of a place in the rugged section of our recent round-up of Bluetooth speakers. First announced at CES back in January, the BRV-X outdoor speaker is the bigger brother of the BRV-1 that impressed us back in January 2013, has a built-in battery that can be used to charge other portable devices, and is described by the company as "the tank of mobile speakers."  Read More

The Phoenix 2 by Beacon Audio

It seems everyone has a Bluetooth speaker in their product lineup today, and selecting the right one is a dizzying experience inciting even more vertigo with each passing week as the mountain of wireless sound options grows bigger. I'm going to walk you through some of the best Bluetooth options in this buying guide.  Read More

The Socam UltiMate, jerry-rigged to the underside of a DJI Phantom quadcopter

Things got a little tighter in the already-crowded actioncam market this week, as Conrad Electronic announced its Socam UltiMate Action Camera. Among its features are a rotating lens, a streamlined form factor, and an included splash-proof case. I was provided with a pre-release review unit, which I've been trying out over the past couple of weeks. Read on, to find out how I liked it.  Read More

The WG-4 GPS is the new top-of-the-range tough camera from Ricoh

Ricoh has revealed a trio of new ruggedized cameras which are designed to cope with the demands of thrill-seeking photographers. In addition to being tough enough to use in extreme conditions - whether that's underwater, in very cold temperatures, or being subjected to shocks - the new WG-4 GPS, WG-4 and WG-20 cameras will also work with a new action-oriented mounting system.  Read More

The 11e series features rubberized bumpers on the outside and strengthened hinges and corn...

Knowing that there are few places that pose more of a hazard to laptops than a schoolbag, Lenovo has announced its Thinkpad 11e series, consisting of four new ruggedized laptops designed specifically to endure the rigors of the school day.  Read More

Panasonic has announced two new Toughpad rugged tablets at CES 2014

Panasonic broke out a couple of new business-rugged tablets in Las Vegas this week. Looking at the Goliath end of the equation first, the company has announced a performance version of the 20-inch high resolution Toughpad monster we caught a glimpse of at last year's CES. At the other, David, end comes a highly configurable 7-inch, hard-as-nails mobile workstation which goes by the name of the FZ-M1.  Read More

Goal Zero has launched the Rock Out 2 Solar Speaker

Portable solar power company Goal Zero has launched the Rock Out 2 Solar Speaker, a “rugged and waterproof” portable speaker that is powered by the sun and features Bluetooth connectivity.  Read More

The Everio GZ-R10 (pictured) and GZ-R70 have been ruggedized thanks to JVC's 'Quad-Proof' ...

After introducing its "Quad-Proof" technology on its ADIXXION camcorder in 2012, JVC has brought the ruggedized feature set to its latest Everio models. The Everio GZ-R70 and GZ-R10 are dust-proof, water resistant to 5 m (16.4 ft), drop-proof from a height of 1.5 m (4.9 ft) and freeze-proof to temperatures as low as -10° C (14° F).  Read More

Don't try this with your unprotected iPhone

You're a rough, tough [insert manly occupational title here], so what are ya doing using a delicate smartphone designed for latte-sippin' yuppies? If your answer is "Good question," then you might be interested in the new B100 phone from Cat ... and yes, that's as in "Caterpillar."  Read More

The Amphibious Responder was designed to transport rescuers and materials into disaster zo...

Over the past couple of months, our attention has been caught by a couple of monstrous, land/water rescue machines in the form of the Ghe-O Rescue and the ARGO XTI 8x8. The CAMI Amphibious Responder makes three, and it is the largest, most powerful amphibious rescue machine of the bunch.  Read More

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