Tablet computers are all the rage nowadays, and the prices are dropping all the time, too. Keeping your entire survival library on a small, paperback-sized tablet is an attractive proposition — if you discount the short battery life, fragile build and lack of waterproofing.
It’s a wonder, then that nobody has thought about doing a rugged tablet just for disaster situations and the outdoors.
Meet Earl, the first Backcountry Survival Tablet.
Earl has an impressive set of features:
* 1024 x 768 6″ flexible E-Ink screen (which can double as an emergency lantern)
* GPS preloaded with 100k resolution topo base maps covering the United States, Canada and Mexico
* a built-in AM/FM/SW/LW radio tuner
* an integrated, laminated solar panel
* internal weather sensors
* a FRS, GMRS and MURS transceiver for use as a two-way radio
* 20+ hour battery
The form factor is definitely rugged and outdoors-friendly, with an IP67 rated water/dust/shock/mud-proof design, and a glove-friendly infrared touchscreen.
You can pre-order the Earl for $249 until June 9th, 2013. If you can afford it, it’s definitely a great item to have in your Bug Out Bag.