The old fart’s top tech and gadget news story is about a device that turns your cell phone into a walkie-talkie on steroids. As a kid, we used to love using our walkie-talkies, even though they often had the vocal clarity of talking through a Kazoo. But now folks speak almost as much with their thumbs as the do with their tongues, so today there’s a sleek, lightweight device that pairs with your smartphone and keeps your group connected when venturing off grid.
Walkie-Talkie Connection When Venturing Off Grid
Made of rugged materials, the goTenna Mesh is a slick, pocket-sized device that uses Bluetooth-LE to pair with a smartphone, enabling users to share messages and location information instantly within a range of up to four miles in open areas. Designed to keep Android or iOS devices connected even when there’s no cellular service, goTenna Mesh lets adventurers still communicate even while off the grid.
Perfect For Family Use
An improvement on original goTenna, the new and improved MESH is a backcountry communications tool with revolutionary mesh networking technology that allows private 1:1 and group chats, or public broadcast messages through other devices to extend beyond point-to-point range. It’s perfect for family use to send text and GPS locations without cell or wifi when wandering in the wild or in large crowds. It also allows a user to create a reliable backup communication network for emergency situations even when traditional networks are down.
Up To 4 Miles Without Cell Service Or Wifi
It’s small, light, cost effective and simple to use. Download the goTenna app, pair to your phone via Bluetooth, and start communicating with other users at point-to-point ranges of typically up to 4 miles without cell service or WiFi. The App lets users download free offline maps, share their location, and hop messages via other users to extend range. And it has a ‘Push for help’ mode with programmable emergency message.
Ultra Secure Allows Multiple uses
And when it comes to privacy, there’s no central data-store so your private chats are end-to-end encrypted! It’s uses include; personal safety, disaster response, business continuity, special and tactical operations, seamless access to remote data sensors and sources, and primary communications. So this old fart thinks that if you’re a tech-head looking for some cool tech gear, or a family who wants to remain in touch during emergencies, the goTenna Mesh may the cool tool that you’ve been waiting for.
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