Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Rugged

The Miveu-X is an iPhone case that converts the phone into a chest-mounted actioncam

There are already a few cases available for people who want to turn their fragile li’l iPhone into a wide-lensed rugged actioncam, the Optrix XD Sport and the mophie OUTRIDE being two examples. The new Miveu-X is a similar product, although it includes a chest-mount system.  Read More

Sweden's Handheld Group has launched a rugged 10.1-inch tablet for field professionals cal...

For many mobile workers, tablets are a good choice. When faced with the dust and grit of a construction site, however, or there's a good chance of being subjected to a soaking on a regular basis, many tablet users run for cover ... quite literally. If protecting your existing device with a toughened-up outer case (such as the rather tasty Lifeproof nüüd) doesn't sound like your cup of tea and you'd rather invest in a dedicated rugged tablet, the Algiz 10X from Sweden's Handheld Group might be worth a look.  Read More

Ematic's new FunTab Pro tablet gives parents another entertainment option for the little o...

Children today are growing up on mobile devices. Concepts like pinch-to-zoom and slide to unlock – foreign to adults before the iPhone launched in 2007 – are as natural as breathing to today's kids. You love your children, but it can be unsettling to see your rambunctious four-year-old hoisting your $500 iPad. There are several ways around this: invest in AppleCare or other insurance, buy a Kindle Fire or similar budget tablet, or invest in a tablet dedicated for kids. Ematic is hoping you choose the latter, and buy little Susie her own FunTab Pro.  Read More

Pelican has added four new backpacks to its ProGear family, featuring either a crushproof,...

Pelican has added four lightweight sporty backpacks to its expanding ProGear range, which already includes the Urban Backpacks and Smart Wallet announced recently. The new models feature light rip-stop nylon and either a crushproof, watertight hard case or a rigid compartment to protect treasured electronics while you concentrate on being daring and intrepid.  Read More

The XS100 is the top model in Polaroid's new XS line of high-definition sports video camer...

It’s hard to say which manufacturer was the first to offer an inexpensive, consumer-oriented actioncam, although Oregon Scientific might be a good bet. In any case, it’s become a very competitive product category in recent years. While GoPro and Contour continue to stand out, in the past several months we’ve seen big-name electronics companies such as Sony and JVC throw their hats into the ring. Not wanting to be left out, Polaroid is now also offering a rough-and-ready, mount-it-anywhere video camera – in fact, it’s offering three.  Read More

The KANZ Field Power Desk is designed to serve as a self-sufficient mobile work station

Do you know one of those people who are constantly checking their work emails on their smartphone, even when they’re supposed to be relaxing on a camping trip? Well, this might be the perfect thing for them, should they wish to take that type of behavior to the extreme – it’s the KANZ Field Power Desk, and it’s probably the closest thing you’ll find to an office in the woods.  Read More

Contour has just released its latest actioncam, the +2

While GoPro may be the name that people most associate with actioncams, Contour would have to be a close second. Today, the company announced the release of its latest camera, the Contour +2. The press release describes it as combining the best features of its predecessors, the Contour+ and the Contour ROAM.  Read More

The Lifeproof nüüd takes a dunking at IFA 2012

One of the appeals of tablet computers is that they’re “good to go” – you can just grab them and use them wherever you want. The fact that they’re not particularly real-world-proof, however, takes away from that a little. The same thing could be said about smartphones, which is why so many people now keep their phones in rugged, waterproof cases. Well, Lifeproof’s just-launched nüüd case is like one of those smartphone cases, but for the iPad. It’s not the only such product to ever exist, but it is able to do the job without anything covering the tablet’s screen.  Read More

It isn't the sleekest wallet we've seen, but it is one of the burliest

With its ProGear line, Pelican has been branching steadily outward from its well known protective electronics hard cases. It released a full line of hard/soft backpacks earlier this summer, and now it's trying to put a hard case in your pants. The Pelican Smart Wallet is a mini Pelican case for your cash, cards and ID.  Read More

The mophie OUTRIDE case allows the iPhone 4 or 4S to be used as an actioncam

Perhaps you’re considering buying an actioncam, but can’t quite rationalize spending $300 or so when your iPhone already has a perfectly good video camera ... if only you could keep it from getting damaged. Well, mophie’s new OUTRIDE case for the iPhone 4 and 4S may be what you’re looking for.  Read More

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