Zebra Technologies is going to release today a series of rugged tablets for the workplace, that can take quite a beating. Their new devices can take a 6 foot drop in the air and keep functioning even with gloves on and sprinkled with water.
The ET50 and ET55 are the new slates, intended for people who work in logistics, on construction sites, operate forklifts and the likes. The expectation is that these tablets will eventually be dropped on cement floors and they have to survive that. Zebra already has a line of rugged smartphones and they’ve been preparing tablets for the military for years now.