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Old 26-10-2013, 18:55   #1
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pretty neat tablet: earl

Earl - Backcountry Survival Tablet

- waterproof
- android
- charges in 5 hours on its own solar cell
- e-ink display (super low batter)
- high sensitivity gps
- glove friendly screen

I can see that getting some serious mileage.
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Old 26-10-2013, 20:47   #2
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Re: pretty neat tablet: earl

.. I like! Thanks for posting this.

This is where I wanted to see tablets go, especially for boat use - utilitarian, efficient and indestructible. Not all of earl's features will be of use to boaters, but with success, i can envision a larger model to follow, perhaps with more marine functionality.
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Old 26-10-2013, 21:21   #3
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Re: pretty neat tablet: earl

Doesn't e-ink still have a lag with screen refresh? Do they have a working prototype yet? Looks like it would be great for simple boat work.

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Doesn't e-ink still have a lag with screen refresh? Do they have a working prototype yet? Looks like it would be great for simple boat work.

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E-ink as been around forever on the Kindle. There's definitely a lag but depending on what you're doing it's negligible.
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Re: pretty neat tablet: earl

Now on my 4th e-ink device (newest Kindle Paperwhite), but can't imagine using it for anything that isn't a static screen. The pinch, zoom and swipe functions of Navionics charts, for example, would be pretty difficult with a delay in the screen, but I'm sure they have figured something out.
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EInk is perfectly clear in sunlight. At some point the technology will be perfect for displays like charts. Probably not quite there in terms of size or resolution, photos on a kindle are ok if it would look good in high contrast blank and white but any color gradients convert to a blotchy image.
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