Health Care IT: Xplore Xtreme Tablets Withstand Shocks in Combat, Emergency Vehicles

By Brian T. Horowitz  |  Posted 2011-05-13 Print this article Print
Rugged Tablets Are Ready for a Swim

Rugged Tablets Are Ready for a Swim

The tabled is designed according to international technical standards to escape damage when submerged in water. The Xplore tablets can withstand water, ice, blood, oil and other liquids. These features come in handy for first responders to natural disasters such as flood and storms or military personnel who have to work with computers in all possible field conditions.
NEW YORK—Xplore Technologies, based in Austin, Texas, has unveiled its fifth generation of rugged tablets, which are designed to withstand the shocks and vibrations in military vehicles, ambulances or police cars. Soldiers carry the tablets with them in the field sending photos and video to give their commanders "situational awareness," Mark Holleran, Xplore Technologies' president, told eWEEK at a May 9 launch event at the Harvard Club in New York. The tablets are also suitable for workers in the manufacturing, utilities, warehousing, transportation and food industries. They can also survive immersion in liquids or the shock of long drops to concrete or asphalt. Xplore has patents pending on its device design that allows for tool-less replacement of solid-state drives and other components in harsh field conditions. With their Intel Core i7 processing power, Xplore company officials call the tablet an "iPad on steroids." In this slide show, eWEEK provides a look at how the Xplore Xtreme tablets work.
Brian T. Horowitz is a freelance technology and health writer as well as a copy editor. Brian has worked on the tech beat since 1996 and covered health care IT and rugged mobile computing for eWEEK since 2010. He has contributed to more than 20 publications, including Computer Shopper, Fast Company,, More, NYSE Magazine, Parents,, USA Weekend and, as well as other consumer and trade publications. Brian holds a B.A. from Hofstra University in New York.

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