Judging by some of the products on the market of late, the next major trend in technology may be extreme computing. And by that we don't mean supercomputer algorithms that can humble a grandmaster in chess; we're talking about throwing stuff out a window just to see what it does.
That apparently is the inspiration behind NEC's "ShieldPRO" 12-inch-screen tablet PC, which supposedly can withstand 3-foot drops and temperatures from 69 below to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. Akihabara News notes that its specs aren't exactly steroidal: a 1.2GHz processor, 256MB of RAM and a 60GB hard drive. But it's not the innards that count when you're throwing it off the Golden Gate Bridge.