Monday, September 10, 2012

Would you develop apps for the Toughbook and Toughpad?

The Panasonic Toughpad A1, expected in Singapore this month.

At the recent Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation Awards, Panasonic Toughbook Asia Pacific announced the launch of a developer program in Asia. The program aims to build an ecosystem of applications for Panasonic's range of ruggedized devices and hopes to attract talented developers who will build applications that will be essential in creating value for specialized industries such as defense, construction and healthcare for Toughbooks and the more recently announced Android-powered Toughpads.

While this geek can definitely see the use of this device in special environments, I'm not entirely sure the traction of this device in the mainstream warrants Panasonic having its own developer program. The introduction of the Toughpad may have helped the business case but other device manufacturers with more mainstream products have tried their own developer programs without much success.

Maybe it will work for a specialized device like the Toughbook where the Japanese, for example, can build apps that will help one better respond in a disaster. Still, this geek thinks that it would probably have been better if they joined up with Intel's AppUp developer program. At least Intel has access to a bigger pool of developers.

If you are a developer, would you join this program and develop specialized apps for the Toughbook and Toughpad? Whatever the case, let's hope it'll bear fruit and we'll see some innovative apps for ruggedized use in the near future.

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