General Dynamics Itronix GD8000 Notebook

With the advanced interface these days pointing more towards rugged and solid notebooks on demand, it looks like many of the known and secondary PC manufacturers are trying to outdo one another as far as coming out with acceptable hardcore notebooks for business and operations use.

The latest offering comes from General Dynamics with its Itronix GD8000 notebook. The new GD8000 notebook computer by General Dynamics Itronix is now available for military personnel, field service workers and first responders who require high-performance computing while working in extreme temperatures, humidity, dust and rain-soaked environments.

Engineered to operate in extreme conditions, the GD8000 kept working after multiple 42-inch drops onto a hard surface, operated in the rain for more than four hours and successfully booted-up in freezing and scorching temperatures. Powered by the Intel low-voltage Core2Duo processing architecture, the GD8000 is housed in a user-friendly, ergonomic casing with a 13.3-inch DynaVue touchscreen display. The GD8000 delivers uncompromising performance from command centers, to helicopters, to tactical vehicles and everywhere in between.

GD8000 features

  • Intel Core Duo 1.86GHz processor
  • Up to 4 GB RAM
  • Meets and exceeds MIL-STD 810F
  • WWAN, WLAN, PAN and GPS
  • 13.3″ outdoor viewable DynaVue display

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Are We Shifting to a Touch and Talk Technology Soon?

At the rate that we see new gadgets set out in the market, the time may come where we would be using a different kind of interface as far as PC computing is concerned. Among them would be a shift towards using voice technology and simple touches of a keypad from the usual mobile phones largely used in carrying out computing works. In short, the possibility of a keyboard-less world looms over the horizon and it seems to be coming pretty soon.

“Talk and touch are common technology interfaces. People have adjusted to hearing individuals dictating information in public to their computing devices. In addition ‘haptic’ technologies based on touch feedback have been fully developed, so, for instance, a small handheld Internet appliance allows you to display and use a full-size virtual keyboard on any flat surface for those moments when you would prefer not to talk aloud to your networked computer.”

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The transformation of the standard desktop or laptop towards mobile computing is happening today. People put to good use their mobile phones and mini PC devices and one can just be amazed at the things that people can do with them. There is no doubt that connecting to the web has been made easier and no longer are people constrained to stay in the office or their home which normally becomes a problem when they want to move around and do multi-task activities.

If today we are seeing the growth of mobile technology, just imagine what is in store a couple of years from now. Voice technology is not far behind. It was tried out some years back but died down due to lack of support and peripherals compatible to it. Today is a different story and with all the players in the computer market vying for credible market share, don’t be surprised if it develops this time around.