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Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »

New Rugged Lightweight Tablets from DT Research

April 12th, 2019 by Susan Smith

DT Research, designer and manufacturer of purpose-built computing solutions for vertical markets, recently announced the DT380CR and DT380Q rugged lightweight tablets, weighing two pounds and light enough for field workers to carry all day, yet with an 8-inch display that is large enough to facilitate a large number of indoor/outdoor computing assignments as well as provide high brightness with capacitive touch. These new tablets have IP65 and MIL-STD-810G ratings for military-grade durability, seamless information capture-transmission capabilities and hot-swappable batteries result in no work interruptions– increasing productivity while simultaneously offering organizations an affordable rugged solution.

A built-in 2D barcode scanner and 5 megapixel back camera or 3D built-in Intel® RealSense™ Depth camera make information and image capture and transfer easier. Robust wireless communications capabilities transfer information seamlessly through 4G LTE mobile broadband, WiFi and built-in long range (1,000 foot) Bluetooth.

The new tablets are a high performance, yet low power consumption device, that run on energy efficient Intel® Atom™ Quad Core and Qualcomm processors. Customers may also order the tablets with built-in features for precision measuring and 3D image capture.

Who are your customers for this rugged tablet? 

This unique tablet has broad appeal across many industries with in-field workers including: archaeologists, forensic specialists, and oil & gas professionals, architects, engineers, and construction workers.

Are there other rugged tablets on the market that provide cutting edge precision measuring with 3D image capture? 

There are other rugged tablets with 3D cameras, but the DT380Q is the only tablet on the market today with both fully integrated 3D image capture and GNSS positioning in such a small form factor.

Why was the built-in Intel® RealSense™ Depth camera chosen for the option on this tablet? 

After considering other image capture technology, we found that the Intel RealSense camera offers the best combination of indoor/outdoor performance, hardware form factor for tablet integration, and price competitiveness.

Are there other rugged tablets that offer concurrent reception of GPS and GLONASS the optional high quality U-blox M8 GNSS module for accurate positioning?

Yes, we offer a line of 10 inch rugged tablets with high accuracy positioning capabilities. In fact, our 301TR offers concurrent, dual frequency reception for RTK (real-time kinematic) accuracy.

Why was this option selected? 

The U-blox M8 GNSS module delivers adequate positioning for most applications and fit the hardware form factor for tablet integration, while also offering cost competitiveness.

What is the price point compared to other comparable tablets, if there are any?

Other rugged tablets with 3D cameras typically cost more than $2,500 and do not include GNSS capabilities. The DT380Q with both 3D image capture and GNSS positioning will MSRP under $1500.

What were the features that customers most wanted to see in a rugged tablet that you have incorporated into the DT380CR and DT380Q?

Customers are most excited about the combination of Intel RealSense 3D camera with uBlox GNSS, plus the standard features our customers have come to expect from a DT Research rugged tablet, such as high bright LCD and hot-swappable batteries.

What are the differences between the DT380CR and DT380Q?

The DT380Q offers the option of the 3D camera and runs on the Android 9 operating system. The DT380CR runs Microsoft® Windows® 10 IoT Enterprise. The hardware form factor and other features are the same for both tablets.

The DT380Q tablets include the latest 3D real-time imaging technology through an optional built-in Intel® RealSense™ Depth camera that can scan and capture highly accurate weight, volume and dimension measurements for a variety of construction, logistics and warehousing projects.

The DT380CR tablets offer concurrent reception of GPS and GLONASS with the optional high quality U-blox M8 GNSS module for accurate positioning, which is used to enhance the precision of position data derived from satellite-based positioning systems.

DT380CR and DT380Q tablets are available immediately from DT Research’s authorized resellers and partners.


(From company materials) The DT380CR and DT380Q tablets come standard with a robust set of features that include:

Indoor-Outdoor Display – Brilliant 8-inch high-bright (800 nits) sunlight readable and anti-reflective display with capacitive touch.

Military-grade Durability and Reliability – IP65-rated for water and dust resistance, MIL-STD- 810G certified for shock and vibration protection.

High Performance, Energy Efficient – Intelâ quad-core (DT380CR) and Qualcomm (DT380Q) processors, operating with energy-efficient power consumption.

Continuous Operation – Hot-swappable batteries, battery pack, battery gang charger, and desktop charging cradle.

Choice of Operating Systems – Microsoft® Windows® 10 IoT Enterprise or Android 9 .0.


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