Custom Made Tablets: Tough from the inside out!

Custom-made tablets have the advantage of being tough from the inside out because the designs and features will have been specially manufactured for particular users, some of which involve the most demanding needs in the harshest environments. Additionally, custom-made tablets – such as custom medical tablets – must meet both brand manufacturer and end-user standards. The qualities of tough, durable customizable tablets and custom rugged tablets will depend on the industry and the user. It is most likely that a primary feature such tablets will require will be a shock-proof housing that will keep the tablet functioning despite drops and...

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Lightweight and Portable, Custom Linux and Android Tablets can replace a laptop in many applications

The lightweight and portable nature of Linux and Android tablets make them ideal candidates to replace laptop computers in many mobile applications, particularly when the tablets can be customized to suit the needs of users. Android and Linux tablets are smaller and easy to carry and are perfect for cloud computing applications and Internet-based information sourcing and processing. In many instances, the benefits of using an Linux or Android tablet are clear– particularly if customized or custom-made – to replace your laptop. The reasons why Linux and Android tablets are so ideal for replacing laptops are numerous. To begin, tablets...

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Portable Device Design – Custom-made for Military Grade

The ruggedness of common tablets and smartphones, such as those manufactured by Samsung and Apple, has improved in recent years. The addition of rubber overmold accessories enhances drop survival and the use of connectors and sealing techniques enhance water resistance. However, these devices, even within rugged outer casings, cannot meet the more demanding set of standards required by tablets and other portable devices for the military. Military devices are used for a wide variety of applications. These include: UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle), UGV (unmanned ground vehicle), and UUV (unmanned underwater vehicle)) deployment and control Real time personnel, vehicle, and equipment...

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Key Differences That Make Medical Grade Tablets Different From Consumer Tablets

Medical grade tablets have a number of unique features and use cases as compared with consumer grade tablets. This often requires a custom tablet design that tightly integrates these features and assures high reliability, security, and privacy. Consumer grade tablets usually cannot meet FDA, HIPAA, and other regulatory requirements simply through software changes and a more rugged outer package. When used for patient monitoring and care, medical tablets and other handheld medical devices must meet FDA-mandated requirements for safety, privacy, and reliability. This extra diligence ensures trust that the medical device will not harm the patient, securely stores data, and...

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Custom mobile devices for industrial vertical markets

In the construction, oil and gas, transportation, military, medical, farming, or manufacturing fields – or many others – you perform very unique tasks for your job. You often use a generic commercial phone or tablet, and find the device is inadequate. Commercial off the shelf devices with an app might seem less expensive, but are you really getting what you need or are you putting your phone or tablet in a position to fail, or to fail you? Many of these market verticals have common requirements for processing power, touch screen, Wi-Fi or other forms of wireless connectivity, storage space,...

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The Biggest Challenges Faced In Planning Handheld Device Design

Portable handheld electronic devices such as computer tablets and smartphones continue to offer amazing features incorporated from mass-produced electronic technology. Sometimes, these commercial off the shelf (COTS) devices do not quite meet user needs. Perhaps they do not withstand tough environmental conditions, require a custom interface, or don’t meet regulatory requirements driven by specific application use cases. A custom designed handheld device may be necessary for these situations. There are major challenges faced when planning a custom handheld device design. Portable handheld computing devices have a myriad of uses across many industries. Examples include medicine, military, security, law enforcement, field...

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Supply Chain Issues Of Long Life Electronic Products

Companies that design and manufacture electronic products such as tablets, handhelds, and other devices must fully understand how supply chain issues can impact the manufacture and sale of high-tech products. Problems with supply chain and logistics can be cataclysmic, as missing a single part will prevent product from being assembled and sold. Until the part arrives, other parts are maintained in inventory, incurring overhead and impacting cash flow. Late product deliveries impact corporate financials and customer satisfaction. Fortunately there are ways to plan for and navigate potential supply chain issues. This starts with understanding the market space and unit volumes...

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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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