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This rugged tablet -- coming to market soon as the result of a crowdfunding campaign -- works where most mobile devices cannot. An integrated GPS chipset lets users navigate through the outdoors. Internal weather sensors provide temperature, humidity, barometric pressure and wind speed; there’s also a two-way radio and a transceiver that connects to analog and digital frequencies up to 20 miles away.

The entire device is dust-proof, shock-proof and can be submerged in up to three feet of water for up to 30 minutes. It also works in temperatures between freezing and 122 degrees Fahrenheit and at altitudes of up to 40,000 feet. Earl’s laminated solar panels can provide up to 20 hours of battery life on a five-hour charge in direct sunlight. Expected to be available in the United States in August, Earl is available for $249 via pre-order through June 9 at www.meetearl.com.

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