Basic Considerations for Mobile Device Design

Mobile devices - devices that are easily transported and typically are handheld and powered by a battery - have unique challenges in their design to enable usability, ruggedness, and reliability. Characterized by relatively lightweight and small screen size, they span a wide range of device types and applications, including mobile phones and tablets. Mobile devices also include custom devices designed for specific use cases, such as military, medical, or industrial applications where particular peripherals, security, certification, or regulatory requirements must be fulfilled. Users of mobile devices require a number of characteristics: portability, ease of use, advanced and diverse capabilities, and...

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Considerations for Planning a Custom Electronic Device Design

At this time of the year, many companies assess product roadmaps, define projects and schedules, allocate resources, and assign budgets for the upcoming year. Since managers and project teams will be held accountable to working within these constraints, it is important to fully understand the many factors of developing an electronic product and account for them during the planning phase. The following identify the major considerations for planning the design and development of a custom electronic device, with a focus on setting realistic expectations for cost, schedule, and risk. Product Requirements Definition When conceptualizing a new product, defining its requirements...

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Rugged Tablets And Portable Devices: Solutions For Your Commercial Needs

Rugged tablets and portable devices offer an extensive number of solutions across a broad range of commercial and industrial needs. Whereas consumer-grade mobile devices are well-suited to everyday use in homes, schools, and offices, rugged tablets are especially designed for harsh and demanding environments. The number of trades and professions where rugged tablets and portable devices are required are considerable, including: Medical devices Military, government, security, and law enforcement Energy, oil, and gas (including in explosive environments requiring intrinsically safe circuitry) Instrumentation, test, and measurement Logistics and transportation (including automotive, locomotive, marine, and aviation) Construction and trades Manufacturing Agriculture Electronic...

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Basic Principles Of Handheld Mobile Device Design

Tablets (tablet computers) and similar handheld mobile devices such as smartphones and e-readers are now increasingly in use both for the mainstream public as well as throughout industry. Custom mobile electronic devices are often designed and deployed for specific field applications. These devices have overlap in their features and capabilities. Understanding the principles and features of handheld mobile device design is critical for successful deployment. In preparation for designing a new handheld mobile device, it is important to analyze the requirements of the user as well as the unique use cases of the device within its specialized niche. Beyond portability,...

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Key Features Required By Military Rugged Tablets

Military tablet computers have operational requirements far more stringent than those of most consumers or professions. From the harshest environments in the field to the most stringent security, what follows are the key features needed in rugged military tablet computers. Rugged tablet computer devices must be able to do the tasks for which they were designed while performing reliably in the harshest conditions. This can include extreme hot and cold temperatures, as well as wet or dusty environments, while also standing up to prolonged vibrations, jolts, and drops. Such devices must be easily viewed in direct sunlight as well as...

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Tablet Economics: How Custom Tablet Prices and Development Stack Up Against Standard Tablets

We are approached on a regular basis for a custom designed tablet for applications that require volumes of several hundred to several thousand units. Our Modified COTS approach leverages proven existing tablet designs to prototype and produce custom tablets that allow our customers to get to market fast and efficiently with reduced risks. In many cases, the nature of the modifications require that we re-spin the electronics, display solution, power architecture, mechanical design, connectors, and/or the look and feel of the tablet. High quality off the shelf commercial tablets are designed and certified for mass production and worldwide distribution. Successful...

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Why Custom-Made Tablets Are Superior To Commercial Tablets

Custom-made tablets are more durable, more secure, and offer superior functionality over mass-produced commercial tablets used for military, medical, or industrial purposes. Here we describe how custom-made tablets, including custom-made Android tablets, are more durable – and quite simply, better – for most trades and industries than the commercial versions. Tablets (that is, tablet computers) are flat, sleek, mobile computing devices with touchscreen display technology. Although tablets are relatively new, having first made their entry into the marketplace in or around the year 2000, the technology has been in development much longer. Tablets continue to gain increasing popularity – and the technology...

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InHand Electronics Joins Wind River Partner Program

Embedded system and mobile device design firm adds VxWorks to operating system portfolio Rockville, MD (June 6, 2017) – InHand Electronics, a leading original design manufacturer of low-power embedded systems and handheld and rugged devices, has joined the Wind River® Partner Program at the silver level. InHand combines its expertise in embedded electronics design with Wind River’s VxWorks real time operating system (RTOS) to provide novel solutions for portable, rugged electronic devices that require time-critical operations. InHand will initially develop a VxWorks board support package (BSP) for its Fury-M6 platform. The Fury-M6 embedded single board computer (SBC), measuring a tiny...

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The Red Carpet Treatment: Cannes Film Festival, Oscars, and Custom Electronic Design

I am huge movie buff! In fact, I often have conversations with my brothers using just movie quotes (and our wives are embarrassed every time). However, despite my love for movies, I’ve never enjoyed watching the Cannes Film Festival or the Oscars. I will check the day after to see who won the major awards and maybe watch the host’s opening dialogue, but I rarely watch any of it live (although this would have been the year to watch live). My wife isn’t interested in Cannes or the Oscars either, but she loves watching the stars walk the red carpet....

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Custom Designed Tablets for IoT Use

Custom designed tablets provide special features that are required for specific uses. Industrial, military, or medical tablets may require a unique external interface, network connectivity, display, operating system, enclosure, and more. The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the inter-networking of electronic devices that enable communications and the exchange of data. This promises convergence of electronic infrastructure, improved efficiency and accuracy, and a lot of time and money being saved through proper exploitation of collected data. The IoT is placing new requirements on portable devices, including tablets, which deviate from commonly available features on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) tablets. The following...

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