Tiny, low-cost keyboard-based computer is ideal for tough conditions

By Liz White, ERJ staff

Boston, Massachusetts-Ampro Computers Inc. and White Electronic Designs Corp, have together produced a prototype industrial computer, “contained entirely within a 5.5 x 8 inch keypad enclosure,” the two firms announced 13 Sept.

This novel device couples Ampro’s ReadyBoard, EPIC-compatible single-board computers with White’s elastomer keypad, mounted over sealed keypad circuitry. As a result, the rugged computer is highly resistant to contaminants and ideal for users who need to be able to clean and/or disinfect the keypad surface.

The keypad is backlit…

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