Your iPad is built for the couch. Earl is built for the wildnerness. The Earl Backcountry Survival Tablet is a surprise arrival on the tablet scene, a do-it-all survival gadget with maps, two-way communication, weather and solar charging systems all built-in. Earl is an Android-powered tablet with a 6-inch, flexible E-ink touchscreen display that is designed for the adventurer. It features just about everything a wilderness camper and his/her co-campers need to explore mother nature and stay safe far from civilization. Using its Android operating system, it provides detailed maps, GPS reference points, a satellite-powered compass, a two-way communications system, a screen-based emergency lantern, a radio receiver and more in a compact, touch-enabled device. It’s an extreme camper’s toolkit in a small package, precisely what the
doctor explorer ordered when packing light.
When batteries or power outlets are not available, Earl’s rear-mounted solar panel can charge the device from the light of day. Its E-ink display sips power, ensuring that the device can last long on each charge and power-up on its own under the sun. It may not have a HULU app or play Angry Birds, but that’s the whole point of heading to the wilderness in the first place. With Earl, you can gladly bring along a bit of powerful tablet technology to enrich your experience, not escape it.
Earl is currently undergoing crowd funding on its own website at MeetEarl.com. Earl will be priced at an affordable $250 each when produced, which will come after the crowd funding is complete. We’ll be honest, we didn’t see this one coming, and it has instantly taken over as the most exciting tablet news of 2013 thus far. It may not be for everyone, but those with an adventurous spirit have just commenced drooling. We need to wipe up our keyboard…