WPI Husky Technology has launched what it claims is the first rugged hand-held PC or mobile information device.
The Husky fex21 is ‘rugged’ because it can withstand vibration, liquid spills, extremes of temperature and being dropped from four feet onto a hard surface.
Husky, better known for meter-reading devices, developed the PC with Microsoft Windows CE, a version of Windows which has been adapted for use with mobile computers.
Early editions of the software have been criticised as being unreliable, but Husky says version 3.0, which is used on the fex21, has not presented any problems.
It can link to a number of other applications, including mobile telephones for internet access and scanning devices.