Released in 2006, the XR-1 was General Dynamics' flagship Ultra Rugged Notebook designed for military, law enforcement and commercial use. Now a decade has passed, and the original component specs of the XR-1 have long since started faded into history...but the design still holds true. This is due to a rhobust design philosophy: from the honest materials used throughout (magnesium chassis for strength with a TPU wrap for bounce and radio - clarity) to a timeless form language which speaks of premium quality and ruggedness in the same breath.
One of the things that made the XR-1 such a great piece of technology was the fact that it is just as much a tool as it was tech. The physicality of the product had to undergo some of the most grueling environmental challenges imaginable - in service of creating a machine that can perform millions of calculations a second while being submerged in bleach, dropped from a helicopter, or whatever kind of insane punishment you can think of. Every micron of this enclosure is packed with shockmounted drives, seam-sealed IO, an assortment of antenna and transmissive tech (Satellite broadband, Wi-fi, bluetooth, etc) which far outstrips what one would typically expect from a computer.
The intended environment for the XR-1 is beyond rugged, but perhaps more challenging is what happens inside the shell. The engineering team effectively re-invented the PC - adapting each component to perform well beyond the industry standard. On top of this, there was a no-holds-barred approach to functionality: every kind of antenna possible, every kind of input viable (touch, stylus, a glow in the dark keyboard with biometrics and seam sealed touchpads). The ID was the bridge between these two worlds - our intent was to communicate the inner qualities of the product and also adapt to the external trials of everyday use.