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VR Interfaces: Toughbook H1

Overview

Overview of Toughbook H1
The Toughbook H1 was created by Panasonic at the end of 2008. Very much alive and kicking, this Medical Clinical Assistant device or MCA, is a sturdy bedside point of care computer for hospitals.

The device features Intel's Atom processor, which requires no external ventilation, no fan, and a completely watertight case. You could probably dump it in a bucket of water. Whilst not recommended, the computer would almost certainly keep working.

It possesses a grip moulded into the case itself, on top, for easy carrying and is as lightweight as possible. It also has a secondary grip on the back, to support your hand whilst you hold it - hold the main grip and the socondary, spongy grip rests against the back of your palm. This design feature greatly increases comfort.

It has all the features expected of a modern MCA: integrated 2.0 megapixel auto-focus camera on the rear to photograph the illness or injury, integrated keyboard in the touchscreen, bluetooth connectivity to medical devices, integrated active RFID to identify patients and medical staff, as well as medications and equipment. Integrated barcode reader for inventory and stocktaking.

A Panasonic-designed software utility can be programmed to remind users to wipe the unit down at defined intervals. The utility automatically records a successful cleaning for the hospital's permanent records.

The H1 is MIL-STD-810F tested and is capable of withstanding three foot drops - similar to the height of a patient's bed - while operational. It can also take the punishment of being trod on, or a bed rolled over it, as long as the screen side is down.

The sealed unit is IP54 compliant for water-, rain- and dust-resistance and can easily handle being repeatedly sprayed and wiped with disinfectant.


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