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Laptops

SOL: The $350 Ubuntu laptop that runs on solar power

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

Mobile Technology

RangerX tablet gives Android a rugged new home

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

Outdoors

Touch-controlled headphones lead Outdoor Tech's wilderness-ready product launch

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

Outdoors

A multi-functional tablet built for backcountry survival

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

Mobile Technology

Alianza DxB turns your smartphone into a multi-band walkie-talkie

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

Bicycles

Retroshift combines bar-end shifters with brake levers

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

Mobile Technology

Runbo X3 Android phone is waterproof and made to take a beating

Gone are the days when rugged phones had to be simple devices. After all, just because someone wants a phone that can be dropped in water or on concrete, doesn't mean they don't want one that can actually perform useful tasks. The new X3 smartphone from Runbo looks to be able to take a beating, but it comes with Android 4.0 installed, so it might actually be useful for checking email, browsing the web, and downloading apps.Read More

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