Rugged Hardware Tip – A Handheld Built For Extremes

Here’s a gadget tip for any of you that work in remote forests, urban jungles, dry desert regions, or isolated wetland areas – the Trimble Nomad® 1050 series of handheld. These ultra-rugged and field-proven handhelds are ideal for carrying out GIS data collection and inspection activities just about anywhere.

Trimble Nomad series

Trimble Nomad series

Some of the key featured include:


  • Work productively in challenging environments on ultra-rugged IP68-rated handhelds that meet rigorous MIL-STD-810G military standards
  • Work for longer in the field with the 15 hour battery life that provides continuous use, even in cold temperatures
  • Process field data faster with a powerful 1 GHz processor
  • Store substantial amounts of data and images with the Nomad’s 8 GB of built-in storage plus 512 MB Ram
  • Maintain field compatibility with your back-office apps using the latest Microsoft® Windows® Embedded Handheld version 6.5 operating system
  • Capture high resolution images for maintenance and repair applications with the 5 megapixel integrated camera with flash and geo-tagging capabilities
  • Easily track assets using the optional 1D/2D integrated barcode scanner
  • Connect from the field back to the office via an optional integrated 3.75G dual-band GSM/CDMA wireless cellular modem with internal cellular antenna

See more info HERE

See also the Spec Sheet / white paper {PDF}

Keywords: Trimble, Nomad, GPS, rugged, mobile, data collector


Hello GoPro HERO4 Session

Bigger isn’t always better, case in point, the HERO4 Session, an awesome little gadget! Small in size but big on functionality, HERO4 Session is compatible with existing GoPro mounts and will retail for $399.99 MSRP at authorized GoPro retailers around the world and on beginning July 12, 2015.

GoPro Launches HERO4 Session

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Gadgets – Epson Runsense GPS and Heart Rate Monitor

Another nifty, GPS enabled gadget has hit the market for you runners – the Epson Runsense GPS and Heart Rate Monitors. Depending on the model, the watch can provide up to 35 measurements including elapsed time, stride length, distance, pace, laps, intervals, speed and many more. The watches are also water resistant up to 50 meters, making Runsense the perfect companion to train in any weather conditions or terrain.

The Runsense SF-810 GPS Watch with wrist-mounted heart rate

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World’s Lightest Portable Immersive Virtual Reality Glasses hit CES Asia

Something pretty cool out of CES Asia, the World’s smallest VR glasses – enter Dlodlo. According to the company, Dlodlo VR Glasses are used in a variety of ways:  for gaming, movies, apps, and adult entertainment [and no doubt, for mapping!]; in addition to use in schools, government, and corporations for education and training; in hospitals and medical offices during operations, research, and patient consultations; with the disabled, and much more.  Dlodlo has an interactive mode with touch and move-enabled controls, so the applications are endless.
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iRig Mic Field – compact audio/video stereo field mic for iPhone, iPad

Here we are with another new year underway and once again CES has kicked off – sadly I’m not there again ;0) However, I am keeping tabs on the news coming out of Vegas and as usual there’s plenty of cool mobile technology, gadgets, and geeky goodies to love on. Case in point, this new recording solution for the iOS fanatics from IK Multimedia – enter the iRig Mic Field.

The first ultra-compact audio/video stereo field mic for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

The first ultra-compact audio/video stereo field mic for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

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TextBuster Text Blocking BlueTooth Device Wants to Save Lives!

Here’s something brilliant and perhaps an app that should be mandated by all motor vehicle insurance and licensing agencies! The TextBuster is fast and simple to install, works in any vehicle, prevents texting and mobile web access while the vehicle is moving while allowing incoming calls and GPS navigation functionality – nice idea!


TextBuster® is a device that prevents drivers from accessing text, email and Internet functions while driving. It does not interfere with inbound and outbound calling. The firmware technology behind TextBuster® sends a blocking signal to the user’s phone automatically, every time the user enters the vehicle. Read More here

See demo video HERE



Toshiba Introduces new portfolio of tablets and laptops

A number of announcements today from Toshiba as the company has unveiled some pretty nifty devices, ranging from affordable (really affordable) tablets to high-end laptops for the workhorse in you! Some of the new devices announced include:

Satellite Radius™, a multimode laptop with a 360-degree “flip-and-fold” design that enables five different viewing and usage modes. Features: [Read more…]

5 High-Tech Camping Tools For Your Next Trip

With Memorial Day upon us that means one thing, summer is here… wow! With the hot, sunny (hopefully) summer season that means camping for many of us and so to celebrate that w4’ve got a special feature to share with you that will introduce you to  5 very cool, high tech tools that you can use on your next camping trip.

The days of going without showers, phone service and spending 20 minutes pitching your tent on weekend camping trips are over. Modern technology has taken some of the “roughing it” out of camping, but at the same time has made the experience more fun and efficient. Here are five items to consider before heading for the hills.

5 High-Tech Camping Tools For Your Next Trip

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Video – Google Project Tango – A smartphone that can map its surroundings in 3D

So, you may have heard about Google’s foray into the smartphone market and Project Tango. What is Tango exactly?? From Google… Our current prototype is a 5” phone containing customized hardware and software designed to track the full 3D motion of the device, while simultaneously creating a map of the environment. These sensors allow the phone to make over a quarter million 3D measurements every second, updating its position and orientation in real-time, combining that data into a single 3D model of the space around you. It runs Android and includes development APIs to provide position, orientation, and depth data to standard Android applications written in Java, C/C++, as well as the Unity Game Engine. These early prototypes, algorithms, and APIs are still in active development. So, these experimental devices are intended only for the adventurous and are not a final shipping product.

Cool Stuff! See more about Project Tango