Rugged PC makers, Trimble, have just released another go-anywhere PC. The Yuma is an outdoor, high reliability portable tablet PC designed for the more rugged and outdoorsy type jobs or for people who are a little more clumsy than most. The Yuma can survive most types of punishment. It has an ingress protection rating of 67, so it’s pretty much dust and waterproof and it can handle temperatures from -30°C to 60°C.
It’s powered by the ubiquitous Atom processor with the usual 802.11 b/g, USB slots, Bluetooth and the Yuma adds GPS and 2 built-in cameras. The screen is a smaller 7″ model however it runs at 1024 x 600 so you can still see everything. You can add functionality via the SDIO or ExpressCard slots and it has a 32Gb SSD for reliability. Oh and just for giggles, it runs Vista.
There’s no keyboard but it has a stylus and an on-screen keyboard and function keys scattered about the bezel. It doesn’t have built-in 3G mobile broadband, but where it’s going there’s probably no service anyway. With a battery installed it weighs a little over 1kg and lasts about 8 hours. The dock is optional. No prices yet, but it launches in April, 2009. Just don’t drop it on your foot. More info here
Trimble, the world leader in outdoor rugged computing, brings you the new Yuma rugged tablet computer, able to withstand even your challenging work environment. Safeguard your software and data in the face of dust, sand, mud, humidity and extreme temperature.