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Germany's HP Velotechnik (HPV) is adding a new special edition off road trike to its Scorpion fs range that caters for riders who want to sit back and enjoy the forest scenery from a different perspective, while also promising to serve up enough thrills to keep more aggressive trail-blazers happy. Currently being shown off at Interbike 2013 ahead of an October US release, the Scorpion fs Enduro features chunky tires, full suspension, disc braking and 27 gears. Read More
In the Western world, we tend to take for granted some pretty basic amenities, like reliable electricity. For people living in those corners of the globe where electricity can be scarce, WeWi Telecommunications, Inc. has developed the SOL, a rugged laptop that doesn't rely on a power socket to stay charged. The Ubuntu Linux-powered computer is instead equipped with a detachable solar panel, which the developers claim will provide up to 10 hours of battery life after just two hours in the sun. Read More
When the going gets tough, the tough reach for a rugged tablet. Xplore Technologies has been kicking out ruggedized tablets for over 15 years, but its new RangerX is both its lightest to date, and its first to run Android. Developed for mobile workers rather than adventurous consumer types, the durable ICS slate has a 10.1-inch outdoor-viewable display, features a dual-core ARM processor, and packs enough battery life for a full day's work. Read More

The iPad mini may indeed be small and portable, but after spending over $300 on one, you probably don’t want to send it out into the world unprotected. While there are already various aftermarket cases available to do the job, New Trent’s just-released Airbender Mini offers a couple of particularly interesting features. Read More

As the name suggests, Outdoor Tech makes rugged gear that lets people use their gadgets in somewhat harsh environments, and the new products it brought to CE Week are no exception. While the Buckshot wireless speaker and the Safe 5 waterproof iPhone case are sure to appeal to the active gadget enthusiast, the limelight belongs to the company's touch-controlled Privates headphones. Read More
Smartphones, tablets and laptops are great when you're sitting on the couch or running around the city, but they aren't as great in the wilderness where cellular service disappears and bright sunlight renders LCD screens near-illegible. The Earl is a tablet designed to skirt around those shortcomings and keep you connected in the deepest of backcountry terrain. The "backcountry survival tablet" navigates you across the land, keeps you in communication with your crew and lets you know what weather lies ahead. Read More
When it comes to electronic gadgets, consumers like to see more power packed into a smaller device. With that in mind, all the flashlight geeks out there should be fans of Nitecore’s new Tiny Monster TM26 – it’s billed as the world’s smallest 3,500-lumen flashlight. Read More
Those of us living the big city life often forget that there are ample places in the great outdoors where cellular signal is nonexistent. The solution? Walkie-talkies. They provide a direct line of communication to others in a group, regardless of whether cell service is available or not. The Alianza DxB is a new docking device that actually turns a smartphone into a fully-functional multi-band walkie-talkie, so there's no need to carry multiple devices on an outdoor excursion. Read More
The near-ubiquity of smartphones has led to a boom in the Bluetooth speaker market, and consumers are spoiled for choice. How then can a manufacturer hope to attract attention in such an over-saturated space? Scosche reckons it's got the answer with boomBOTTLE: a rugged and portable Bluetooth speaker. Read More
Cyclocross bikes typically have paddle-style shift levers integrated into their brake levers, like road bikes do. While this setup his its advantages, cyclocross riders generally like things to be simple and tough enough to stand up to a lot of mud and abuse. That’s where Retroshift CX comes in – it’s a line of brake levers with built-in bar-end-style shifters. Read More
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