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Photos: Consumer products toughen up

Some companies already have their sights set on consumers who crave hardier hardware. In 2005, General Motors signed an exclusive three-year licensing agreement with Itronix to make a semi-ruggedized portable computer styled after the Hummer. Priced at $2,988, the laptops come with enough padding to survive six separate drops from a height of 30 inches onto two 3/4-inch sheets of plywood placed on top of concrete.

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By Bill Detwiler

Bill Detwiler is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the ...