And I happen to have a reply after updating them on the unknown status of Earl:
Thanks for getting back to me on this.
We have a new Account Manager Phil Smircich who focusses exclusively on rugged tablets that I have copied on this email. He would be a great resource for you on this project. Phil – meet Andrew!
That’s too bad to hear that this project is stuck in a hiccup. This is definitely a big idea and there seems to be a huge prospective market for outdoor ruggedized tablets.
Are you familiar with the Samsung Tab Active 8? This is another rugged tablet on the market that has integrated pogo pin charging. We make a dock for this device that utilizes this rugged charging – but does not need an Intelliskin to do so. I am thinking that a similar dock might be a great solution for the Earl. If your design team has already come up with a pogo pin orientation that they are interested in using we would just duplicate this pattern on the dock to facilitate docking or information pass through. If Meet Earl purchases the tooling for this part they would have exclusive rights to the part and have full control on how it is distributed into the market.
This is one option. I also really like your idea of using RAM’s pogo pin layout and having it integrated directly onto the tablet. This would give the Earl full access to our suite of docks (desktop, 6-gang, and vehicle). Our D-shaped GDS pogo pin layout is patented, so I would have to pass this by the folks upstairs and see what kind of deal we would work out for Earl to use this design.
Either way, I’m excited to hear back from you. Please let Phil know if you have any questions – and I’ll keep up to speed with him on how this is progressing.