The European Space Agency has developed the Electronic Field Book, the future personal instrument of the astronaut, or "Electronic Field Book" (EPC).
The main thing in the development of new planets will not be the means of delivery of astronauts or their survival, but the tools of communication. As astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti notes, their work requires mobile access to a universal source of information, because activity in an unknown place involves the emergence of a variety of problems and questions. EPK became the prototype of such a tool - it is a communication tool, an interface for data processing, a reference book, a diary and a personal assistant in one building.
Electronic Field Book interface
The EIC automatically records all the negotiations of the astronauts, records their actions and decisions, allows receiving information from external devices and transmitting it to the common system. It contains all the scientific and operational information about all devices in the mission and a set of reference books for all occasions, maps with a real-time update function, devices for orientation in space and on the ground. Through the EPC, the cosmonaut can conduct a conversation with the base and receive not just commands, but whole algorithms and schemes of actions at once, in graphic and video format.
On the technical side, new versions of EPK were recently tested in Lanzarote, Spain, a labyrinth of underground lava tubes. Even being blocked by layers of stones, the devices maintained communication at a distance of up to 100 m. Just for such situations, they have advanced signal relay technologies. A big plus of the device - with such a rich functionality, it retains the size of an ordinary tablet.