Meet Earl, a tablet engineered for the most extreme outdoor situations. Earl basically takes your smartphone, iPad, emergency radio, and GPS, merging them all together and hyping them up on steroids. Built on Android 4.1, this backcountry survival tablet will do everything from let you read your favorite books on the trail to signal for help and be alerted to changing weather conditions.
Earl combines a GPS chipset with motion, force, and orientation sensors to display your precise location, direction of travel, and elevation. Internal weather sensors, including a thermometer (temp), hygrometer (humidity), barometer (air pressure/altitude), and anemometer (wind speed) work together to forecast changing weather conditions.
Although Earl does not use a satellite connection, the backcountry survival tablet does include a two-way radio for you to send text or voice messages, signal for help, or transmit weather, location, and route information up to 20 miles away. A built-in AM/FM/SW/LW radio tuner also enables you listen to music and be alerted to changing conditions over NOAA weather channels.
As Earl is built on Android, you have access to all the readily available apps, while EPUB, MOBI and PDF e-reader support means you can load up all your favorite books to read on the trail. Three different wireless connections, including ANT+, Bluetooth 4.0, and WiFi, allow you to both surf the internet when in range and pair Earl with all of your external performance sensors.
The backcountry survival tablet is waterproof, submersible in 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. A solar panel laminated to the back of the tablet provides 20 hours of battery time and charges in 5 hours. The LG designed E-ink display is visible in direct sunlight and doubles as an emergency lantern at night.
Earl is currently available for pre-order at only $249. The backcountry survival tablet comes preloaded with 100K resolution topo maps of the US, Canada, and Mexico.