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Tools of the Trade: May 2021

By Michael Castelluccio
May 1, 2021

 

1. CAT S62 PRO

 

The Cat S62 Pro is a rugged Android smartphone manufactured by Bullitt Mobile Ltd. under exclusive licensing from the construction company Caterpillar. It’s designed for construction and industrial environments. The S62 is rated at IP68 and IP69, which means it can survive dust and submersion in 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes and will weather high-pressure water spray. A special ­factory-installed screen protector is added to the Gorilla Glass 6 screen, and both protect it for drops up to six feet on concrete surfaces. A unique feature of the phone is the thermal imaging system. There’s a FLIR Lepton 3.5 professional camera that produces 1,440 × 1,080 HD output with VividIR that can record images within a thermal range from -4°F (-20°C) to 752°F (400°C). Typical applications in­clude use with electronic fault finding, machine mal­functions, water heating services, and even checking body temperatures of employees. The phone has an eight-core Qualcomm Snap­dragon 660, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of memory, and a 5.7″ LCD screen with 1,080 × 2,160 pixels. There are two cameras (12MP and 8MP) and a microSDXC card slot. www.catphones.com

 

 

2. CANON PIXMA

 

The Canon Pixma TR150 prints documents and photos while measuring only 12.7″ × 7.3″ × 2.6″ and weighing a mere 4.5 lbs. Create and save up to five templates that you can call up directly on the 1.44″ OLED printer’s control panel. Power is provided by TR150’s battery, the AC power port, or a USB combination data/power connection. The paper tray holds 50 sheets of paper up to 8.5″ by 14″. The TR series of Canon printers support Android, iOS smartphones, and tablets. The printer includes PosterArtist Lite software with more than 1,300 templates, stock photos, clip art, and advanced text editing. You can also print from smart home appliances including Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, and Samsung’s Bixby that ­support IFTTT (If This, Then That) scripting. www.usa.cannon.com

 

3. ONYX BOOX NOVA 3 COLOR

 

The Onyx Boox Nova 3 Color is an E Ink tablet that is both a first-rate note-taking device and an e-reader that’s one of the first with a Kaleido Plus color screen. The color isn’t just for book covers, but for magazines, PDFs, notes in 16 colors, and browsing. The Onyx Nova 3 is a powerful digital notes tablet for handwritten, typed, and dictated note-taking with an eight-core CPU and Android 10.0. The screen size is 7.8″, about the same as the premium Kobo Forma and larger than the Kindle Oasis. The Android OS lets you download Kindle, Kobo, and Nook apps to access your content in those. PDF functions are very flexible, and you can write directly on them and take notes in a split-screen format. There’s a speaker for audiobooks and reading other content aloud, a front light, and a Wacom-style pen. www.onyxboox.com

 

4. LOGITECH MOUSE

 

The Logitech Ergo M575 mouse is a wireless trackball that’s ergonomically designed to reduce movement when navigating or moving the cursor. You don’t need to move your arm—just the trackball under your thumb—and this also reduces the space needed for a trackpad. The trackball has a transparent finish coating and high-performance optical sensors for improved accuracy. It works with Mac and Windows, and you connect it to your computer via Bluetooth or the USB plug-in receiver that’s included. It uses Bluetooth Low Energy, which improves the battery life for up to two years with a ­single AA battery. www.logitech.com

 

Michael Castelluccio has been the technology editor for Strategic Finance for 26 years. His SF TechNotes blog is in its 23rd year. You can contact Mike at mcastelluccio@imanet.org.


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