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This Android smartphone and barcode reader comes in a 10-oz. package

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Rugged computer maker Janam Technologies on Wednesday announced the XT2, a 10-oz. rugged device with a 5-in. touchscreen that runs Android 5.0 (Lollipop).

The device could be called a rugged smartphone, since it comes with many smartphone features, including voice. It supports GSM and GPRS radio signals for voice, as well as 4G LTE for data -- with a Chrome browser. But Janam also added in a Zebra barcode-scanning feature, the ability to withstand 5-foot drops and immersion in up to three feet of water.

Instead of referring to it as a smartphone, Janam instead calls the XT2 a rugged touch computer and claims it is the lightest and most rugged in its class. Janam CEO Harry Lerner said it is "as sleek as a smartphone … with the most advanced technologies to meet the diverse needs of virtually any mobile worker."

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Linux Handheld Computer ‘Pyra’ — First Prototype Of Open Source Device Is Here

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Open Pandora’s successor, the Pyra, now has a working prototype. The makers of this Linux-powered handheld computer are looking to make it better on the precision front and working to launch it in the market later this year. Know about the device here and watch the demonstration video.

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Video: DragonBox Pyra open source handheld game console prototype

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The developers of the DragonBox Pyra hope to deliver a handheld gaming device this year that runs open source, Linux-based software. Pre-orders opened last year, although the final price (and ship date) haven’t been set yet.

But the final design seems to be coming together. Team leader “Evil Dragon” has posted a video showing an early prototype of a pretty functional-looking DragonBox Pyra.

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Sony Brings Support for Open Xperia Devices in Linux Kernel

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Sony is trying to convince the community that their open Xperia devices can be used in a number of interesting ways, and they are adding support for them in the mainline Linux kernel.

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AsteroidOS and Ocean Devices

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Why Linux-powered “World’s Safest Drone” Fleye Is Better Than Google Glass?

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Fleye is a unique drone with all its moving parts shielded, thus, making it safer and robust in case it hits something or someone, kudos to the “ducted fan UAV” concept, which used in larger industrial/defense drones. It is exactly the same size and weight as a soccer ball. It is easily controllable via a smartphone and is compatible with iOS and Android. It comes with options of flying camera mode or in case you prefer manual control, you can go for using a virtual touch- gamepad or Bluetooth game controller.

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Raspberry Pi Zero

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  • $5 ARM-based Raspberry Pi Zero Suits Open Source Fans, If They Get One

    The Raspberry Pi Zero, a small ARM-based, Linux-friendly computing device that costs a mere $5, may be an obvious stocking stuffer this Christmas. But obtaining one will be tough, as all the devices sold out within a day of launch on Nov. 26.

  • This $5 computer sold out in a day

    The UK-based educational nonprofit released a new, tiny computer on Thursday for $5, the Raspberry Pi Zero, and sold out of it online within a day.

    That's $30 cheaper than its original Raspberry Pi model, which went on sale in 2012. And $4 less than the CHIP, which raised more than $2 million on Kickstarter earlier this year.

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Open Hardware: Good for Your Brand, Good for Your Bottom Line

Chip makers are starting to catch on to the advantages of open, however. SiFive has released an entirely open RISC-V development board. Its campaign on the Crowd Supply crowd-funding website very quickly raised more than $140,000 USD. The board itself is hailed as a game-changer in the world of hardware. Developments like these will ensure that it won't be long before the hardware equivalent of LEGO's bricks will soon be as open as the designs built using them. Read more