For those of you who are into tech, this project may truly catch your whole interest. For those who are curious about new technology this project may stir your interest. And, those of you who are here with open minds and no fixed interest this may change that...or not.
Wireless Mesh Networks (WMN). What the heck is that? Glad you asked. Think of the internet at the beginning....
Well, WMN, is like that; in that it connects people together. But, it has the ability to create its own network. Devices called nodes are the infrastructure that connect other devices like cellphones together. Until, recently only the military and big corporations had this ability. It cost them hundreds of thousands of dollars per unit.
Welcome, goTenna and the whole goTenna family of products: goTenna, goTenna MESH, Pro, Pro-X.
With goTenna, you and your cellphone and your friends with their cellphones and goTennas can go to a concert, festival or to the great outdoors and stay in contact. Imagine being out canoe camping at Bowron Lakes in British Columbia. No power. No cell towers. Spotty satellite reception. However, if each canoe unit had a cellphone and a goTenna you could text between canoes. Not important on a sunny afternoon, but if the weather turns foul and the waves
So, even in the most remote places that have no communication infrastructure; you can now decide if you want a network and how big it will be. Realistically, with enough nodes in a given location, you could communicate over an area of bout 16 square kilometers, depending on the topography or terrain and the possible line-of-sight interference obstacles. The good news is, you can float a relay unit in a weather balloon or attach it to a drone in a high orbit to keep everyone in your party connected.
This is very versatile technology and has a huge potential. I encourage further investigation at: https://gotenna.com/