Tien Chuang promoted to COO

InHand Electronics, Inc., is pleased to announce the promotion of Tien-Lun Chuang to the position of Chief Operating Officer. Tien has served as Director of Operations for the past several years and is ready to take on the role of COO and help InHand continue its expansion in the production of tablets and other handheld devices and embedded systems for the military, medical and industrial markets. Mark Price, our current COO, is being promoted to President of InHand Electronics and will be focus on driving our growth and Research and Development strategies. Mark is an original founder of InHand Electronics,...

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Military use of COTS Android Devices – bad idea!

There is no doubt that leveraging the technologies that a soldier is comfortable using makes sense. We are all accustomed to having our cell phones and tablets with us at all times, providing us the key information we need to accomplish our tasks. Why shouldn’t our military service personnel have the same capabilities? They should! But…does it make sense to have them use consumer rated devices for their mission. No! The military’s mission is quite unique. The men and women that rely on technology to accomplish their military missions are exposed to very different environments that the rest of us...

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Turning a Rugged tablet Into a Business Solution

The best rugged tablet for mobile use is a purpose-built solution based on the needs of the company, the user, and the environments in which it will be used. While that is the cornerstone of what it takes to turn a rugged tablet into a business solution, it’s far from the complete story. Many businesses and industry sectors like healthcare, manufacturing, and energy, among others, are dependent on mobile workflows to operate effectively and achieve stated outcomes. That often requires a custom-built tablet that meets the specific needs of its users. Everything from increased processing power and specialized connectivity to...

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Planning a Rugged Mobile Device Development

While Return on Investment (ROI) is a major consideration when choosing a rugged Android tablet to be used in the field, calculating that ROI must take into account the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of the device. An off the shelf tablet may seem to have an attractive price point, but shortcomings such as functionality, ingress protection (IP) rating, ruggedness, usability, and lack of long term availability can significantly skew the ROI and TCO calculation for an off-the shelf vs. a custom tablet design. Considerations like TCO and ROI often involve nonobvious considerations. Rugged must be designed for use in...

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The Importance of Rugged Tablets in the Manufacturing Supply Chain

Today, every manufacturing sector deals with an extremely broad supply chain that is often global and often deals with a lack of reliable, real-time data access in the field. This inherent lack of end-to-end integration can be partially bridged by technologies such as cloud-based software access, RFID, IoT and others. Having the ability to access the data from these technologies in real-time in the field requires a portable connected device such as a rugged tablet to deliver that reliable end-to-end integration under the most difficult conditions. The challenges don’t end there as supply chain mobile device longevity is a pressing...

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InHand Introduces Its Third Generation Rugged Tablet - The Hydra-Q6™

InHand Electronics proudly announces our third generation platform for custom tablet and display applications. The Hydra-Q6™ tablet incorporates the rugged features of our Hydra line of tablets with a flexible architecture for quickly prototyping and deploying your optimal tablet solution. InHand can provide customization to allow you to get to market with a branded/unique tablet incorporating your specific product requirements. The Hydra-Q6 is based on the proven NXP quad-core i.MX 6 ARM processor. Packaging for the Hydra-Q6 can customized for tablet, kiosk, display head, Human-Machine Interface (HMI), panel PC, or any type of portable devices. The rugged tablet features the i.MX 6...

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The Importance of an IP67 or IP68 Rating for Your Rugged Tablet

Whether it’s for manufacturing, field use or any other harsh environment, having the best rugged tablet available that can withstand dust, dirt, moisture and physical abuse is paramount. Since dust and moisture can wreak havoc with electronics, the IP Rating is an important consideration when choosing the right mobile computer. But what exactly is the IP rating and how does it affect ruggedness? Informally referred to as ‘ingress protection,’ the IP Code, or formally the International Protection marking is the performance and safety rating standard set by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) for electronic devices. IP ratings play a key...

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How Efficient and Reliable is Your Medical Grade Tablet?

Mobile digital access via a medical grade tablet has become a high priority for healthcare organizations in 2018. This can be seen in the fact that 79.8 percent use tablets and 42.6 percent use smartphones to access the information needed to provide and coordinate care. This is according to a new HIMSS Analytics study of 129 C-suite executives, IT professionals, clinicians and department heads. A closer look at the needs of the healthcare continuum when it comes to digital mobility shows complex variable environment conditions and specialized use case needs of the healthcare environment. Often, mobile digital tools for medical...

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Industrial Tablets and Their Role in Automation Industry

Manufacturing 4.0 has ushered in levels of automation that require seamless management, monitoring and operation of machines (including machine-to-machine (M2M) communication and the industrial internet of things (IIoT)). Technology like automation and the IIoT are the foundation of smart factories. Industrial tablet technology is critical for production line workers, service technicians, quality engineers, and others in enabling real time, mobile-based operations. In highly regulated manufacturing industries, production machinery and systems need to be regularly calibrated to stay in compliance. Manufacturers are starting to use mobile-based sensors to capture this data and report it in real time. A rugged industrial tablet...

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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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