On September 15, DAP technologies announced its new Kinysis rugged tablet. The device weighs about three pounds and runs with Microsoft Windows.‚ The Kinysis also features a hot swappable battery, modular customizability, and integrated wireless communication.
The device is fully rugged and complies with MIL-STD-810F, a military standard for in-field use. To comply, a device has to pass free-fall resistance, immersion, rain, humidity, and vibration tests.‚ For example, the Kinysis can be submerged up to a meter in water and still maintain full operational functionality. You gonna do that with your ThinkPad tablet? Didn’t think so.
“Whether it’s outside standing up to what Mother Nature dishes out, docked inside a service vehicle, or being tossed into a greasy toolbox, DAP’s Kinysis rugged computer is built for challenging environments,” said Gianni Parisse, general manager of DAP Technologies. “Maintaining the integrity of our customers’ data through their daily environmental challenges is our top priority because we understand that data is both mission-critical and essential for operational efficiency.”
DAP’s Kinysis runs Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard Operating system on an LX800 processor. Storage is handled by an SSD of up to 32GB and the seal expansion bay on the device can house custom modules. Another option is a Universal Imager that has auto focus and the ability to capture video and read certain bar codes. For wireless productivity, the Kinysis has Bluetooth and wi-fi with optional 3G connectivity.
The device also comes with two screen options, either a color TFT half-SVGA screen LCD screen and a tactile QWERTY keyboard or a color TFT full WVGA LCD screen. The screens are anti-glare and vibration and shock resistant. They can be operated with a stylus or a finger.
The Kinysis is ideally suited to field service operations. It gives teams the ability to track customer requests, access how to guides and maintain full data synchronization with the main database. The batteries for this device are hot swappable and designed to last a full 8-hour shift.