Ultra bomber digital rangefinder for the most extreme conditions? Sign me up. Probably will be rather heavy, but hey, thats the price you pay. I could see this being useful for VERY difficult conditions, where bulky gloves make operating a normal camera difficult. Traditionally Nikonos cameras were designed to be easy to use with thick gloves on, so it would probably be great for mountaineering. It makes them big though.
Only thing is, what form will it take? Will they bring back the classic interchangeable lens rangefinder, or will they bring Nikonos back as a nameplate, for a line of ruggedized cameras? Personally I would be fine with the latter, if it was a line of cameras going from casual rugged to pro level bulletproof. Remember Nikon does not have ANY 'rugged' point and shoot cameras currently, so they probably want to bring the legendary Nikonos name back with a bang.
This is definitely something to keep an eye out for. Thanks for the heads up.