Russian research institute develops ‘spy-proof’ Android-derivative tablet

by David Needle

July 3 2014

With privacy and security concerns at an all-time high when it comes to our digital devices and what we do online, a Russian research institute has developed what it says is a spy-proof tablet. 

Developed for Russia’s security services, the tablet can reportedly operate underwater and has a "smart button" allowing users to physically disconnect communication modules and sensors to prevent it from being hacked.

"We have in fact created a secure operating system called RoMOS that prevents information leaks, weeds out different bugging devices, and makes the installation of spyware and wiretaps impossible," Dmitry Petrov, deputy head of development at the Central Scientific Research Institute of Economics, Informatics and Command Systems, said in an interview with RIA Novosti reported by The Moscow Times.

The tablet is said to be slightly thicker than an iPad, is powered by a dual-core processor, and includes two cameras, 3G connectivity, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

The Russian site had more details noting some in the local media have dubbed the device ‘Rupad’ and that the operating system is a derivative of Android.

But the Rupad replaces Google Play with an app store offering only apps vetted by the device producer.

RT reports the tablet can work 1 meter underwater for at least 30 minutes, functions in hot temperatures of up to +55 degrees Celsius, and is shock-resistant.

There is an also an “extra-tough” version designed for combat forces and the instituted has produced dozens of prototypes it plans to make available to potential customers.

David Needle is the Editor of TabTimes and based in Silicon Valley.
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