CAT, the name synonymous with heavy construction equipment across the world, has been slowly adding technology to its brand over the past year. Early last year, the company announced it would be releasing a rugged smart phone, which was also the first ever to have a built-in thermal imaging camera. This year, they’re releasing their first step into the world of tablets.
The Caterpillar T20 Tablet does not have a release date yet, but the company has released initial details for their first tablet. The 8” device is not going to break any speed records with its relatively small internal memory (2GB of RAM), but many in the industry will find its battery life and ruggedness especially useful.
Rated IP67, the T20 is waterproof at 1 meter for 30 minutes, drop proof from 1.8m (with factory fitted screen protector), and dust proof. It features a 7500mAh battery, which is 47% larger than that of Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4. The battery, combined with its size, should mean it will last a long time with heavy use.
The tablet will come with Windows 10 as its operating system, which will give users plenty of application and program options. A useful mini-HDMI and a USB 3.0 port are included on the tablet itself. The dual cameras are a bit of a downside, as they’re only specified to be 5MP (rear) and 2MP (front).
The price is listed at £599, which translate into around $790 American, so it will come with a hefty price tag. If interested in the new tablet, you can register with CAT here and they’ll email you the latest information as it’s released.
3D printing technologies have significantly improved over the past few years and some have even made it to the jobsite. Not to be outdone, NASA, your favorite America space exploration organization, has announced a plan to being building and manufacturing in low-Earth orbit.
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In 2016, Elon Musk and Tesla announced that they had developed an innovative solar roofing tile that looks almost identical to traditional roof shingles currently on the market. Standard solar panels look be large and clunky on a roof, which made many excited about a nearly “invisible” solar tile option. After 3 years, we recently got a major update into how the installations of the product is going.
In 2017, Built Robotics made headlines as they debuted their self-driving track loader on a test construction site. Earlier this month, the company announced a formal long-term partnership with construction giant Mortenson to deploy their machines on remote sites.
At Autodesk University in London today, PlanGrid has announced the additions of two new features for the platform: Advanced RFIs and Project Hub. The company has promised better project visibility and a streamlined RFI process with the updates.
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