Just a quick post to highlight this interesting product, a rugged outdoor tablet called Earl.
(you can choose to buy Earl in either snow/white or coal/black)
Earl is an interesting newcomer to the tablet market, interesting because it is designed to be both rugged and waterproof and used out and about, for this it has a tough design and solar panel for maintaining the battery charge, but its main feature over other tablets is that it uses an e-ink screen, which is a much better option than LCD for outdoor use. The tablet also supports ANT+ so you can sync up heart rate monitors or, if you were cycling, power meters and cadence sensors, and has a very accurate GPS chip which would make it better for measuring speed and location, and even has a two way radio so in theory you could have the coach communicate with you in the boat through the tablet.
The tablet runs Android and will come with Google play, so really is an ideal candidate for running something like the boatcoach app or even the recently announced Android branch of the Rowing in Motion app, and is currently priced at $299. Lets just consider that for a moment. $249 for a device that can measure rate, speed, heart rate, two way radio, GPS location, acceleration…. The equivalent NK Device would be the NK Speedcoach XL4 which costs $599. And that doesnt let you install a kindle book reading app to read and relax between sessions
I dont know about you but I’m ordering one