Tripod Data Systems (TDS) today introduced the Recon, a rugged handheld that runs Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 software for Pocket PCs. It was designed to work in extreme temperatures, driving rain, dusty job sites, and other harsh environments.
It comes with a 200 MHz or 400 MHz Intel XScale processor, 64 MB of RAM, and up to 128 MB of internal nonvolatile Flash storage.
The Recon also features two CompactFlash slots, plus a standard 9-pin serial port and a high-speed USB port for connecting to a PC. The standard PowerBoot Module features a 3800 mAh rechargeable NiMH battery, which TDS says can run the handheld for up to 15 hours.
Its large, widely-spaced buttons are easy to use while wearing gloves, and its reflective color TFT display is bright and clear in sunlight.
The Recon is designed for all-day operation in extreme outdoor and industrial environments. It exceeds the MIL-STD-810F military standard for drops, vibration and temperature extremes. It also comes with an IP67 rating, meaning it’s impenetrable to water immersion and dust.
The Recon’s rugged construction makes it ideal for land surveying, mapping, civil engineering and construction, forestry, utility, facilities and asset management, machine control, law enforcement and military applications.
TDS is launching the new Recon at AUSA, the largest military trade show in the world. The new Recon will also be exhibited at the Pocket PC Summit 2003 in Las Vegas, Oct. 20-23.
Prices range from $1500 to $1800. It comes in both yellow and gray.