Custom Android Tablets


Over the past several years, the use of tablet technology has proliferated not only for personal use, but also across industry and government. These portable platforms, with easily written custom application software, are suitable for many applications. However, iOS and most Android tablets often fall short in industrial, military, and medical use for a variety […]

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Safety and Security in Embedded Applications


In the embedded community, there are multiple meanings and layers to safety and security. The embedded electronics, plus its software, needs to be designed to perform key functions for agencies whose mission is to keep the public (and its information) safe and secure. As the Internet of Things (IoT) arena grows, there are many different […]

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Video: Accelerating Time-to-Market


After 15 years of creating new rugged, mobile devices, InHand has become an expert in accelerating time-to-market for new device designs. Here we discuss three embedded system options for fast time-to-market. For questions or inquiries, please contacts us. To request a future vlog topic, email info@inhand.com.   .

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Modified COTS, Customizing OTS Rugged Tablets to Meet System Requirements


At InHand, we take the concept of modified COTS to a new level. While many companies offer “custom” configurations of their standard products, they are still offering certain specific configurations that may or may not meet your needs. (Remember Gateway computers circa 2000?) InHand, on the other hand, offers full flexibility in the customization of our […]

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Using CPLD’s to Tackle Unforeseen Design Problems: Adding Debouncing and Hysteresis to Power Path Control Circuits


Complex Programmable Logic Devices (CPLDs) are becoming a staple for modern digital design. Although CPLD’s have their limitations (primarily for digital and low-power architectures), they are hard to beat from a total package perspective of low power consumption, on-the-fly design flexibility, and robust operation. InHand engineers have used CPLD’s and FPGA’s for purposes ranging from […]

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Designing for Long Life Cycle, Minimizing Cost of New Product Development


Unlike consumer devices, medical, military, and industrial products typically have very long product life cycles of five to 10+ years. Long life cycles are important because device manufacturers  in these markets are slow to migrate to next generation product, new devices, and/or technology. The slow migration arises from a number of factors: High design and […]

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Mechanical Engineer Review: Functional Rapid Prototype Enclosures


On a current project, we designed a modified COTS 7″ ruggedized tablet based on our Hydra-F6. The project required expanded battery life and customized sealed connectors. In order to meet the requirements, we had to build a completely new enclosure. Prototype parts in this size and quantity ( We considered various prototype processes including stereolithography […]

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Designing an Intrinsically Safe Handheld Device: A Multi-Disciplined Approach


InHand Electronics designs and manufactures portable and handheld electronic devices, specializing in product that inherently requires low-power operation, user interaction, and high computational performance. Particularly challenging is an application area known as intrinsic safety (IS). An intrinsically safe product  is designed to operate in hazardous, potentially explosive areas by limiting the energy available for ignition of […]

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