Everyone nowadays uses a smartphone, and people go to very extreme locations. For example, you can take my home which is right at the international border and I can guarantee that you won’t get reliable service from any carrier except BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited) and Vodafone India, due to certain Govt. restrictions, and there are many such places especially the mountains where you will always face connectivity issues. Sometimes, you may be in an emergency but your carrier betrayed you. This thing can go wrong if you can’t connect to someone when you need help. So, here’s a device that can help you turn your smartphone into a CB (Citizens Band) Radio, and help you shout to all the CB radio nearby and you can ask for help in an emergency.
This gadget is called as GoTenna and is essentially a small, low-power (2 watts) radio transceiver. It’s powered by a lithium-ion battery, and it connects to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth. The company behind GoTenna claims that it has a maximum range of up to 50 miles, it probably transmits on a very low frequency and probably has the very low max bandwidth. GoTenna creates an ad-hoc, encrypted network between any other GoTennas in range. It’s like a smartphone with a feature like CB radio.
You just need to download the GoTenna app on your iOS or Android device and when you’re in some emergency, you need to connect your phone to GoTenna and just you need a shout out via the app. Depending on your elevation and environment, the signal can travel upwards of 50 miles. You can add other users and connect with them in the case of emergency, but a “shout” feature allows messaging any GoTenna user within range. It doesn’t use cell towers or WiFi at all. Therefore, you don’t need any to stay connected to any kind of wireless network, just you need to connect your phone to GoTenna and give a shout out. This is how it will work.
And here are some details that you need to know before you buy one:
Key app features
- Send & receive text messages for free
- Share locations on detailed offline maps
- Instantaneous transmission within range
- Automatic message retry & delivery confirmation
- Individual & group messaging
- ”Shout” broadcasts to anyone within range
- Proximal friend maps & location pinging
- Emergency chat
- End-to-end encryption (RSA-1024) & self-destructing messages
- Compatible with iOS & Android
Key hardware specs
- 2-watt radio
- Flash memory good for 1000’s of messages
- Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
- Micro-USB connector
- Bluetooth data interface
- Status indicator lights
- Nylon attachment strap
This amazing device is now available for pre-order at $150 per pair, but it will jump up to $300 per pair very soon. So, if you are an adventure lover or travel freak, this is a perfect device for you. This is also ideal for mountaineers and those people who often go trekking. And a pair, at this price, I would say its priceless compared to your life and security. Go, grab it.