Product Design I Performance and Manufacturing Engineering I Production Liaison
For long, established brands had typically large, clunky, and rugged tablets working on previous generation wireless technologies. These products ran Win Ce and dominated the rugged computing industry. Win Ce had one big drawback. The OS was no longer the first choice among tablets. That position had been taken up by Android.
Sweden’s Handheld Group read the situation perfectly. While they had Win Ce based products in their portfolio, they also realized the time had come to switch over to Android. Moreover the tablet needed to be sleek, tough and carried in one hand.
Perfectly ergonomic, seriously rugged, and ready for any task, the 7-inch Algiz RT7 does just that.
From day One, we designed the Algiz RT7 to be a multi-function device. The tablet would serve the needs of sales and field force automation, warehousing and logistics. That too in commercial and rugged environments.
To do just that, the Algiz RT7 sports a chemically toughened glass bonded to a bright display. This allows the user to read data of the screen even in the brightest daylight.
The Algiz RT7’s physical design balances full ruggedness and lightweight ergonomics. We designed the Algiz RT7 from the inside out to be comfortable to hold and easy to carry. As a result, you have a tablet that weighs just 650 grams and yet meets stringent MIL-STD-810G military standards.
To pass the exacting MIL-STD-810G, the Algiz RT7 has to survive extreme temperatures, drops and vibrations. If that wasn’t enough, it also has to be dust proof and protected against rain.
We designed the Algiz RT7 tablet to sport co-molded TPU bumpers. These bumpers helped the tablet withstand the exacting drop test. Internally, we shock mounted the electronics to pass the vibration test.
The Algiz RT7’s IP65 rating means it’s waterproof and fully protected against sand and dust. We achieved that through a combination of sealing and isolation of the expansion ports. This method is called the flush and dry technique. In this method, the ports are protected through conformal coating and isolated from the main electronics. As a result, even if the device is immersed in water with the port cap open, it still remains fully functional.
As tough as it is, the Algiz RT7 is very easy to carry. Users can attach the separately sold strap to the RT7 using the four mounting points on its rear cover. This strap allows the user to slip their gloved hands through and carry the product without clutching it.
Just as easy as it is to carry, the Algiz RT7 also packs in some nifty features. The tablet holds a powerful and rechargeable Li-Ion battery for those long days in the field.
Talking or texting to anyone, anywhere is now easy with the inbuilt LTE tech. The Algiz RT7 is an outdoors device. Which means you need to come back after trekking through remote areas. The integrated GPS and eCompass will make sure you do just that. With cameras on the front and rear (8 MP), you can take pictures or make video calls. This makes explaining your views so much easier.One of the Algiz RT7’s uses is instant e-ticketing. This is easily done using the inbuilt NFC antenna and software.
Beyond its inbuilt features, the Algiz RT7 can be configured for many custom applications. One example is to use the expansion ports such as USB, RJ-45 etc to talk to legacy communication devices.
Users can also add printers to the product. These custom designed units are mounted to the back of the tablet and connect with it through the pogo pins provided.