Panasonic Toughbooks Pass New Military Ruggedness Spec

If you're looking to score a rugged notebook, there's hardly a better place to look than in Panasonic's Toughbook line. For years now, the iconic series has led the way in durable computing, with its briefcase-styled rigs able to withstand an intense amount of abuse in the field, on the road and in the wild.

Today, Panasonic is taking things one step further by announcing that its fully-rugged line and Toughbook U1 are he first to be certified by an independent third party test lab to meet the newer and more demanding MIL-STD-810G standard for environmental conditions, which was issued in October 2008 and supersedes MIL-STD-810F. In other words, these things are good enough for the military to trust, so your weekly run-ins with mother nature shouldn't even put a bruise on 'em.

The Toughbook 30 laptop, Toughbook 19 convertible tablet and Toughbook U1 ultra mobile handheld replacement have passed 20 critical MIL-STD-810G tests applicable to mobile computers, as well as IP65 ingress protection and ASTM D4169-04 vehicle vibration tests. If you're anxious for a taste of exactly what kind of mayhem these things endure, we're told that test machines were dropped 26 times from a height of 4 feet, then another 26 times at 5 feet, and then another 26 times at 6 feet. Each unit in the Toughbook range survived 78 drops between heights of 4 to 6 feet--let's see your Dell/Gateway/MSI/HP/Lenovo say that!

Just so we're perfectly clear, MIL-STD-810G is a series of testing standards and procedures issued by the United States Army, in order to identify products approved for use by all agencies and organizations within the Department of Defense. And these passed with flying colors. Need we say more?

Via:  Business Wire
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Panasonic is a motivated company who focuses its technology not only to help man but to assist Marine Mammals. Black Hawk Toughbook™ computers are rugged enough for the US military in remote regions all over the world. Now, Panasonic's robust portable computer is moving into a new territory – the wet, salty environment of dolphins.

Thanks to Panasonic’s recent loan of three Toughbook computers to, Dolphin Researchers, Jack & Donna Kassewitz, are introducing the touchscreen computers to the dolphins in their research program. "The Toughbook’s screen brightness and water resistance are important for our project. We’ve seen the videos of trucks driving over Toughbooks and glasses of water being poured on the keyboard and the Toughbook keeps right on working—so we think these computers can handle dolphins."

The Toughbook computers will be part of language interface between humans and dolphins. The beginning phases of the project involve a cognitive game called "same/different" where a dolphin is shown an object in real life, such as a ball or flower pot, then asked to identify a photo of the same object on the touch screen. This process is to teach the dolphin that images on the computer screen can be used to symbolize real objects. Donna Kassewitz explained, "The dolphins have to get the hang of manipulating the touchscreen and also make the mental connection of symbols vs. real life objects. Then we’ll add symbols for actions and dolphin sounds associated with each of the symbols. We feel confident that both the dolphins and the Panasonic Toughbooks are up to the task."

One of the dolphins in the research program, a young male bottlenose named Merlin, already has experience with touchscreen computers. "Now with the Toughbooks’ interconnectivity we are better able to record the dolphin sounds and analyze them in real time" said Jack Kassewitz. "Thanks to support from Panasonic and donations from the public through our website, we are making progress in this important research. We believe both dolphins and humans will benefit from an interspecies language interface. We need all the support we can get towards this goal." Learn more from Black Hawk Toughbooks at about purchasing a Toughbook by Panasonic.

Clixxer one year ago

 I wish we had these when I worked for AT&T. We had the old school tough books which worked rather well and then they gave us Ipads and it all went downhill from there.

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