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.
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 Navionicscharts, 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.