Earl: A Solar-Powered Android Tablet For Backcountry Survival

In the race for newer, brighter and faster tablets we’ve lost our touch with the basics. No matter how fast, no matter how bright, no matter how rugged a device is, at the end of the day it has to be running to be of use. If the tablet is meant for outdoor use, then this is felt even more.

Earl Android tablet

A startup called Sqigle has designed a tablet to address these needs. This Android tablet, branded as Earl, is designed to endure in the most extreme outdoor situations, and be a survivor when its user roams off the beaten path.

The Earl survival tablet packs an energy efficient flexible E-Ink display, the latest of GPS technology, weather sensor, and two-way radio communication technology. And all these hardware are fused together with the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) mobile OS. And, to keep the device alive as long as you are, a solar charging panel is attached in the back. And, all these are encased n a rugged frame.

The tablet includes maps with 300,000 trails at your fingertips. This is aided by sensors for accurate weather forecasting. You can communicate with others using two-way radio communication technology built in. If you’re worried about your health, then you can check your heart rate, pace and cadence by connecting Bluetooth devices. And, while you’re on the trail, the old ways of entertainment – like listening to the radio or reading books – will be accompanying you.

Sqigle is currently seeking funds through crowdfunding on its website to build the first batch of Earl. The price is set at $249, which is 30% off the final retail price. The campaign has ammased more than $60,000 of its $250,000 goal as of writing. It will run till June 9th. Check it out once.

Source: Earl

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Manoj Pravakar Saha is an Editor of TheTechJournal. He was one the founding members of TheTechJournal. He was working for the telecom gear-maker Ericsson before joining TheTechJournal team. Manoj searches for meaning in this chaotic world. Find him on Google+.

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  1. Tsais

    looks promising… hope the execution is as good as the idea!

    Of course, you have to wonder if you’re not better off with a regular device and pairing that with a larger solar panel.

    Cause the size of the built-in solar panel is unlikely to outproduce consumption on that unit.

    The optimum would be integrating the solar panel into the display, like citizen has done with their watch faces. Maybe Samsung will manage at some point, they seem to be leaving no stone unturned in display tech…

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