Military demonstrates need for rugged notebook computers
Technology has made its way onto the battlefield in recent years, giving combat troops the ability to access and process data as quickly as possible while on the front lines. Military and Aerospace Electronics reports that this has led to a need for rugged laptop computers among all branches of the armed forces.
These devices need to withstand the rigors of battle while also providing high-performance computer power to support military missions, the industry news provider states.
"The most important aspect is that rugged laptops do exactly what they say they do; the term rugged gets thrown around a lot," says Tim Collins, the director of federal defense and intelligence for Panasonic Solutions.
In addition to the rugged hardware, several other innovations may be in store for these laptops, Military and Aerospace Electronics states. Touchscreens and multi-touch technology, similar to what has become popular for many tablets and smartphones, should soon be incorporated.
All branches of the military are working to embrace technology. According to PCWorld, the U.S. Air Force had plans in place to purchase as many as 3,000 tablet computers and hand them out to flight crews and special operations units. But the project was delayed as the Air Force works out security kinks.