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Briefly: Panasonic's Toughpad FZ-G1 upgrade, LG's KizOn wristband

updated 08:05 pm EDT, Tue July 8, 2014

Panasonic updates Toughpad FZ-G1 10-inch rugged Windows tablet

Panasonic has announced the release of an upgrade to its Toughpad FZ-G1, a rugged 10-inch tablet. Featuring a faster fourth-generation Intel Core i5 vPro processor, an advanced Windows 8.1 Pro update, and a new battery life of up to 10 hours, the Toughpad FZ-G1 is intended for mobile professionals such as military personnel and first responders.

The updated Toughpad offers new options for an integrated UHF radio-frequency (RFID) reader or contactless smart card reader, as well as an optional certification for use in hazardous locations. The tablet meets IP65 and MIL-STD-810G specifications for drops, shocks, and a variety of environmental conditions. Available in summer 2014, the Toughpad FZ-G1 is priced at $2,600.

LG introduces KizOn wristband for child monitoring

LG has unveiled a new wearable device for children for the purpose of parental monitoring, called the KizOn. Designed for tracking the location of pre-school and primary school children, parents can received real-time location information on a smartphone of tablet. The wristband utilizes GPS and Wi-Fi connectivity, and features a "One Step Direct Call" button that allows parents to contact their children. The child wearing the device can call a pre-set phone number to respond to the parent, but if they do not within ten seconds, the wristband automatically connects the call.

The KizOn is stated to be able to last up to 36 hours on a full charge, with a notification sent to parents when its battery life falls below 25 percent. The tracking wristband is due to roll out in North America in the third financial quarter of this year in blue, pink and green.

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