General Dynamics Itronix GD300


General Dynamics just announced Itronix’s GD300 rugged wearable computer based on the Android platform which provides GPS and situational awareness for the army.

GD300 is as light as commercial GPS receivers and allows you to refer to pre-loaded mission plans and access secure tactical networks while being worn on the arm- or chest. It only weighs less than 8 ounces and can interface with Rifleman Radio (AN/PRC-154) for secure access to the tactical networks. Its quadra-helix antenna helps it get a position fix in mountainous regions or urban environments.

GD300 can operate in two distinct modes:

  • stand-alone GPS device
  • tactical mission computer when connected to a tactical radio

It even supports military “apps” like the Tactical Ground Reporting (TIGR) System which is currently in use by the military.

GD300 has up to eight hours of battery life when in continuous operation; powered by standard lithium-ion batteries. GD300 has a sunlight readable display, 3.5″ touch-screen display, and meets MIL-STD 810G specifications for ruggedness.

Viliv N5


Looking for an ultra portable laptop that can do GPS? Viliv N5 may be the answer for you. But when we say ultra portable we really mean it. This machine only has a 4.8″ screen with 1024×600 resolution. Personally I wouldn’t be able get any real task done on such a small screen. But there must be some market for it for the Korean manufacturer is getting to release the device pretty soon. jkontherun has a first look to it if you want to see some photos – but other than we’re only going to share some specs with you.

  • Intel Atom processor;Z520 (1.33 GHz)
  • Windows 7 Starter
  • 4.8” WSVGA (1024×600) Touch screen
  • 32GB SSD
  • 1GB DDR2 SDRAM 533Mhz
  • Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11b/g
  • Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
  • HSPA/TD-SCDMA/EVDO/WiMAX Connectivity
  • GPS
  • 1.3M Pixel Camera
  • Optical Joystick Mouse
  • 1 USB Host
  • Micro-SDHC, Headphone-out, Mic, Speakers
  • QWERTY keyboard 63 keys total (Function 34 keys)
  • 6 hours max battery life (4 hour movie playback), 15W
  • Dimensions: 172(W) x 86(L) x 25(H)mm / 6.77(W) x 3.38(L) x 0.98(H) inch
  • Weight: 0.85lb / 388g

Check out Dynamism if you want to get your hands on one of these.

Sony Vaio P gets updated


Do you need a computer that’s half the size of a netbook but twice the price? Then it’s your lucky day because Sony just updated their Vaio P computers. We already knew about the integrated GPS receiver and the accelerometer which makes this Sony quite special but the Windows 7 and the optical touchpad are new for the latest Sony Vaio P.

The older Vaio P costs $800 these days but this new one is priced at $1150 on Amazon although Sony says prices start at $999 on this page.

Here are some more specs:

  • Intel® Atom™ Z540 processor
  • Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (32-bit)
  • 2GB DDR2 SDRAM
  • 64GB SSD Flash Drive
  • 20cm (8″) VAIO Display Plus (1600×768)
  • Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 500
  • Up to 5 hours battery life
  • Accelerometer
  • GPS and Digital Compass
  • WLAN 802.11b/g/n
  • Everywair 3G
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • stereo speakers and microphone
  • MOTION EYE camera

Logic Instrument FieldBook is rugged and does GPS


Logic Instrument just introduced FieldBook, a ruggedized GPS capable handheld computer with Windows OS. It is actually very versatile allowing for various configurations such as WiFi, Bluetooth, web-cam, RS232 port, RFID, barcode scanner, video input, and more. There are 15 different configurations of such I/O ports and expansion slots.

Also FieldBook can pretty much take anything you can throw at it including itself – it can survive a 4 foot drop and operates from -20C to +50C in rain or dust-storms making this device MIL-STD810G compliant.

The barebones FieldBook comes with a 7″ sunlight readable 1024×600 px WVGA display with resistive glovetouch screen, a 1.6GHz Atom CPU with 2GB RAM and even a G-Sensor with a protected 120GB HDD. It has a relatively big 2500 mAh hot swappable battery that can last up to 5 hours which can be powered with 115/230V AC or any wide range 10-30 VDC adapter.

We’re guessing this would cost at least $2000 – but do not worry. It is not really for end-consumers like you and I – it is mostly for the DoD just guessing from the specs.

Mio Moov V780


Mio will be showing their brand new GPS navigation + entertainment + internet device called Mio Moov V780 at CeBIT 2010.

Mio maybe targeting the area between netbooks and sat nav systems with this device since Moov V780 has a carrying case with keyboard, 7″ screen, and can play HD movies up to 720p resolution. Not only that but it can even output HD video with its HD interface port. Other entertainment features include digital TV support, YouTube access, photo and music players, and the intuitive 3D interface.

Mio Moov V780 comes with WiFi 802.11b/g but the spec sheet [pdf] says 3.5G and WiMax connection is supported but optional.

It has built in mail clients for Microsoft Exchange server and Gmail and comes with a web browser with Flash capabilities.

Some hardware specs include 600Mhz processor, 4 – 8 GB memory, 512MB RAM, microSD card slot, 6.95″ TFT LCD capacitor touch screen with 800×480 resolution, a giant 2300mAh battery, 3.5mm headphone jack, DVB-T, TDMB, and 1-Seg digital TV support.

Motom tablet carries GPS


Chinese brand Motom may not be a very familiar name just yet but they’re hoping to change that with their latest GPS integrated tablet called M7.

Including its 7″ screen, the specs for the M7 are great as we’ll mention in a second, but only one thing caught our attention which we’d label ‘not-so-exciting’. The OS is Windows XP… Really guys?

But let’s just look beyond that and focus on the 1.3MP webcam, WiFi, 3G conectivity, HDMI port, multiple USB ports, 4800mAh battery, 1GB of RAM, and a 32GB SSD storage. Not bad huh?

Hopefully they can find a distributor here in the states so we can wipe that SSD drive clean and install Android OS on it…

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Mio Tablet


We just found out about a tablet computer designed by Haleron Technologies called the Mio iLet.

It will come with an N450 Intel processor, and a multitouch screen that measures 10 inches. It has bluetooth, USB port, multi card reader, WiFi, and bunch of other good stuff. Even though a GPS receiver is not exclusively reported, Mio iLet will feature 3G connectivity which more than often means A-GPS capabilities. You can also rely on the built in SIM for some triangulation.

Some other specs of this Mio internet tablet include a 3500mAh battery that can last almost 10 hours, 160GB hard drive, VGA port, and Windows 7 OS. You can also opt for an SSD storage.

Apparently this will start at $419. We don’t know much about this Haleron Technologies so you be the judge.

Samsung NP-N150 netbook to feature GPS

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Hopefully soon enough this will be standard but these days if you want a GPS enabled netbook you’ll have to go with Samsung N150. The rest of the specs are pretty good too. You can expect 3G connectivity first off. Even though the 1024×600 resolution on the 10.1″ screen is not very pleasing, you’ll pleased to hear about the 4,400 mAh battery and the sub $400 price tag.

Some of the other features of Samsung N150 include 802.11b/g/n wireless connectivity, Windows 7 Starter Edt., 1GB memory, 160GB HDD, 3 USB ports, and a 3-in-1 card reader.

It’s a netbook after all, what else do you need?…

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NX707 Onkyo tablet with integrated GPS

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Japanese Onkyo just announced 7″ tablet PC with integrated GPS receiver called NX707. It will come with Windows 7 and will sell for about $680 when it comes out before the end of the year in Japan.

Other than being tiny in every way some of the features of the Onkyo tablet are somewhat comparable to some laptops. It comes with an Atom Z520 processor, 1GB RAM, and 80GB of hard disk space.

As far as I/O, you’ve got two USB ports, ExpressCard/34, SD/SDHC/MMC slots, Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR, 802.11n Wifi, and two webcams.

NX707 weighs 720g and the battery should last you about 3 hours…

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Clarion MiND gets 3G

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We talked about the Clarion MiND numerous times here before. Clarion MiND is a mobile internet device (MID) so it’s just natural to add 3G capability. However it is not new hardware or anything. It is just a new software update that adds USB modem connectivity when used with a compatible 3G USB modem – such as the iCON 322 from Option which costs $80 on Amazon. Clarion MiND already has WiFi but that’s useless unless you’re at a coffee shop parking lot.

Clarion MiND by the way now goes for as low as $189 on Amazon.