Panasonic ToughBook U1 Aids Chilean Miner Rescue

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The first of 33 trapped Chilean miners were pulled up a 2,000ft shaft last night after spending 69 days underground. The ascent up the shaft in a tiny capsule takes about 20 minutes, but the miners won’t be alone. Each miner will have a Panasonic ToughBook U1 attached to them to monitor their location and vitals.

The ToughBook U1 is a UMPC that meets military specifications. It’s used by service technicians, contractors, first responders and others that operate in harsh environments. The ToughBook U1 can withstand drops of up to 6 feet while operating and are dust and water resistent. The ToughBook U1 runs on an Intel Atom processor, features dual hot-swappable batteries and has an outdoor-viewable 5.6″ touchscreen.

Photo via CNN, thanks to Rob Bushway for the tip!

Xavier Lanier is the publisher of Gotta Be Mobile and a photographer. He uses too many devices to count, but his current favorites are the iPhone 5s, HTC One, Nikon D800 and Sony RX 100M II. You can follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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