Outpost Gadgetry

Intrepid outdoorswomen, gather ’round!

I’d like you to meet …

Earl.

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Photo courtesy of Meetearl.com

That’s right, Earl is a gadget,

not a guy.

(Really—who needs a guy anyway?)

Anyway …

Earl promises to be a remarkably handy fellow to have around. I can imagine when I lived year-round, 30 miles beyond the end of a dirt road, deep in the Idaho wilderness, how handy-dandy getting to know a guy like Earl would have been.

He … okay, it … is a brand spankin’ new off-the-grid gadget that could save your life.

More rugged and durable than any smartphone (and most guys), this little machine boasts:

  • a GPS to give you precise readings of your location, direction, and elevation
  • weather sensors to accurately forecast changing conditions in the most remote locations
  • a transceiver that connects to analog and digital radio frequencies up to 20 miles away
  • a glove-friendly infrared touchscreen with 3D joypad and gyroscope
  • a laminated solar panel that provides up to 20 hours of battery and charges in 5 hours with direct sunlight
  • a water-/dust-/shock-/mud-proof design

Oh, yeah.

Earl just graduated from crowdfunding with flying colors, and it’s gearing up for a full-fledged excursion into the marketplace.

Intrepid as you are, you can be one of the first to get your hands on Earl by pre-ordering (pricing starts at $299, and U.S. shipping is free).

You’ll have Earl in your pack before summer’s end.

Watch out, wilderness, here we come.

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Photo by Adam Baker via Wikimedia Commons

 

Leave a comment 3 Comments

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Wouldn’t this have been handy when you spent a year out in the wilderness in a Wall Tent back in the day? Pretty amazing gadget for sure! I love it when new ideas get financed with crowdfunding and then move forward.

  2. Karlyne says:

    But does he do the dishes?

  3. CJ Armstrong says:

    And, does he make the bed and chop the firewood!?
    Great idea for a great gadget!

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