I know the name Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 may sound familiar to you, but apparently there’s a new version of the tablet out there. To be honest, I knew this device as a rugged model with Windows 8, but now it pops up again, in a new version with Intel RealSense 3D Camera.
The camera system is perfect for accurate 3D measurement for industry applications. Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 is a rugged tablet meant to process 3D dimensions on the go. The solution was unveiled at the Hannover Messe in Germany and it’s great for warehouse space optimization, plant and asset maintenance.
Monitoring in healthcare and crime scene, as well as insurance claim are all fields where the product could be used. This 7 inch slate uses a D410 camera, runs Windows and lets field workers take and process 3D measurements on the spot. Similar solutions are used by healthcare pros to measure the healing of wounds and bed ulcers. This approach is quite widespread and used by nurses and doctors.
The same device can be used to measure cracks in bridges or buildings, accurately and without having to climb ladders. The Intel RealSense camera has a use range from 16 cm up to 10 m, depending on the environment. The tablet can be configured with a variety of options, like barcode scanner, thermal camera, wired LAN, rugged LAN and serial port, as well as USB 2.0.
The tablet runs Windows 10 Pro in this version and uses a 6th gen Intel Core processors. The battery life is about 9 hours, but there’s also a 20 hour option available. The price is $2497.