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Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 is used to help regulate Formula Ford

Formula Ford is the entry-level when it comes to racing and offers a chance for those with ambitions of making it big in the single seat to go against one another. To ensure each race is fair and vehicles abide by technical regulations, officials utilize special hardware to check numerous components. The interesting part is how they use a rigid Windows 8 tablet, the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 to perform said tests.

This device is also used to connect to on-board systems to perform technical checks. It's noted how the battery lasts through the day and both the design and build of the tablet enables the team to use the tablet in the rain and other conditions without the fear of damage. The video is worth the quick run through to see how they use the tablet, especially if you're a fan of the races.

via: Panasonic (Twitter)

Rich Edmonds
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Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

  • Win win Windows
  • I want one lol :P :)
  • After watching the video, so do I!
  • If only I had the money -_-
  • Nice.
  • Go go MS!!
  • Formula Ford is awesome and so is this tablet.
  • Ford & MSFT, a match made in heaven... lol
  • Wow ! O:
  • Nice to play in the rain with
  • I wish they'd use something like this in formula one, then there would be huge publicity
  • They're really good units. Used them. SSD very fast. Really tough.
  • Tough series is pretty great.  Unfortunately, most people can't seem to wrap their head around the prices.  The needs of commercial industry is different than the needs of the general consumer.  Even more unfortunate, many key decision makers in industry also don't "get" the need for such specialized gear, and go the cheaper route deploying ipads or other consumer crap, which falter miserably in tough conditions. My friend's restaurant deployed ipads for point of sale and order taking, despite my strong opinion not to.  Except the constant humidity of their open kitchen makes them super glitchy, unreliable and faulty, and is fogging UNDER the glass.  Not to mention, they can't take a single drop (which happens often during the busy lunch rush), nor can they handle a single spill.  They are constantly replacing them, fighting and swearing at them to make them work.  None of this would be an issue with a toughpad.
  • Toys will be toys! "iToy" should be "i"Apple's moto!