Earl Tablet: Solar powered, emergency radio, and ready for the wild outdoors

May 8, 2013
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Today we'd like you to meet Earl. This is the Android tablet you can truly take camping, and it's destined to be your backcountry companion. Google teased taking the Nexus 7 camping last year during a few TV ads, but this new tablet truly will fit in with any survivalist. Or "granola" as I like to call them. This Android tablet does nearly everything, so read on for the entire list of features.

The only downside here to this impressive looking new Android tablet called Earl, is the fact that you don't have a color display. You won't be watching a few movies on your Android tablet late in your tent - but you shouldn't be - camping is about enjoying the outdoors and getting away from TV, Twitter, and Facebook.

The Earl Tablet runs on Android, rocks a 6-inch 1024 x 768 E-Ink display from LG, it's water, dust and shockproof IP67 certified, can be used with gloves, and is even solar powered. Yup. This tablet comes with a 3,000 mAh battery and the back of the slate employs a solar panel for charging, and it should last up to 20 hours with a single charge thanks to that E-Ink display. Then the list goes on and on and any backcountry fan will love this thing.

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The Earl tablet will work with gloves, and it even has a little 3D joypad for easy navigation. Speaking of navigation, it has GPS for backcountry navigation. Then you'll also get a built-in walkie-talkie, and even an emergency radio for when the zombie apocalypse happens. Oh, and did we mention it will tell you the weather. Yea! This thing does it all. It has accurate forecasting with a weather sensor on board apparently.

The developers state it works with thousands of apps, and they'll have an open API developers can tap into to take advantage of the many sensors on board, like the weather sensor for example. It runs Android 4.1, has 16GB of storage, and much more. Just take a look at the spec list from the gallery of images below. We're not sure if they can truly deliver on this tablet, but are seeking $250,000 in funding to make this a reality. All you outdoorsy types can order one today starting at $249.

[via Earl ; via TechCrunch]


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