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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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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