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A radio built for construction sites

Built to survive harsh conditions


Makita is a name most associated with such things as power tools and table saws, not usually portable gadgets. But just to show that it's not all blue-collar, the Japanese company has developed a radio specifically designed for construction sites.

Think of it as kind of the Toughbook of radios. The MR100 has a lithium battery and weather-resistant casing to survive harsh conditions, from extreme cold to hot and humid climates, Akihabara News says.

If you want one of these just for personal use for some strange reason, be aware that this isn't meant to be carried around in a backpack: It measures nearly a foot square and weighs more than 9 pounds. Which means you won't want to be walking by on the street if one of these falls off a 40-story scaffold.