Judging by some of the products on the market of late, the next major trend in technology may be. 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 .
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.