For many reasons, tablets have become common on today’s boats both big and small, but most of these mobile devices aren’t really built for the aquatic life. That’s changing, however, thanks to companies like Buffalo, New York-based Bak USA and its Seal 8 marine tablet.
The name sounds like an elite fighting force, but Bak USA spokesman Tim Connelly says that was unintentional. “We thought about creatures that live in water, and we came up with a seal,” he explains. “The 8 refers to the diagonal screen size.” Yet this rugged marinized LED touchscreen Android-based tablet might be a tool that Seal Team 8 could use. It features a built-in GPS that works in the absence of cell service or Wi-Fi, and it’s submersible to 1 meter. The 1.6-pound tablet will float with a single buoyant wrist strap. Designed to withstand extreme temperatures, humidity and shock, the Seal 8 sports a rubberized case. Engineered to use Windows 8.1 and 10 with an Intel Quad-Core processor and speeds up to 1.33 GHz, it also has front and back camera lenses, a fingerprint reader, bar-code scanner, and ports for 2.0 and micro USB, micro HDMI, headphones, and 10-pin interface for docking. Prices start at $499 (add $100 for LTE 4G); visit bakusa.com for more information.