Short Bytes: GoTenna is a cognitive digital radio combined with an app that generates its own signal and automatically coordinates with other units within range, which lets you send text messages, even without a cell or Wi-Fi connection.
Well, GoTenna co-founder Daniela Perdomo has come up with a brilliant solution for this. Amazed? Here’s the big story.
GoTenna is a cognitive digital radio combined with an app that generates its own signal and automatically coordinates with other units within range.Wondering about other amazing features of GoTenna? Here, have a look:
- All that one needs to do is just download the app and pair it with iOS and Android devices. Once done, one can actually send text messages, even without a cell or WiFi connection!
- These messages can be sent one-on-one, within groups or even broadcast to everyone nearby.
- Also, you can block people. Besides, users can send their GPS location as well, viewable on a pre-downloaded map. Just imagine how useful it can prove to be when one’s facing some emergency and need immediate help!
- The devices are light (weighing only 1.8 ounces), and designed to be clipped to a backpack or other gear.
- As for power, the device can approximately send 700 messages, and receive many more than that, on a single charge.
- The range is dependent on terrain and elevation, and comparable to other 2W VHF radios.
- Higher altitude > lower altitude. Wide open areas > dense, obstructed areas. To maximize performance no matter where you go, attach GoTenna externally and as high off the ground as is practical. Top of a backpack or in a chest pocket > on a belt loop or bottom of a bag.
If anyone says isn’t the point of being off-the-grid to be off-the-grid? If you’re going skiing or rock climbing or whatever, do you really want you friends to be able to text you? It’s not about Instagramming the world. It’s about saying, ‘Come meet me at this sunset. This is where I am.’
GoTenna devices cost $199 per pair. One might argue about not having been able to buy them individually, but for second thoughts, there’s not much point in texting alone. Is it? And the best part – there’s no subscription fee. The core messaging capabilities will always be free even if the company later on charges for additional services.
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