Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) announces a new, larger-screen data collector—the Topcon Tesla featuring the advantages of a tablet PC as well as a rugged handheld computer.

The Tesla operates with Topcon’s software suite, Pocket 3D, Layout, and soon-to-be-released Magnet. All three Topcon Tesla units—Standard, Geo and Geo G3—come with WiFi and Bluetooth wireless technology. The Geo and the Geo 3G add a 3.2-MP camera and GPS capability; the Geo 3G also has a 3G GSM modem. The units, according to Topcon, are dustproof and waterproof and impervious to harsh conditions, including water, sand, humidity, dust, vibration, altitude, shock and extreme temperature. Features include a 6-in. backlit LCD screen and battery life of up to 16 hours. In addition, the unit has hot-swappable battery capabilities, ensuring continuous operation in the most demanding circumstances. The unit weighs less than 2 lb and is 5.3 in. wide, 8.6 in. long and 2 in. deep (13.5 x 22 x 5 cm). Standard accessories include Li-ion batteries, USB cable, stylus, screen protector, hand carrying strap and power supply. Optional accessories include a travel charger, 12-volt vehicle charger, international AC charger kit and a mobile docking station. www.topconpositioning.com

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