goTenna, the portable radio antenna that allows you to communicate with others without the need of a WiFi connection or cell network, is taking “off-the-beaten-path” to the next level. We’ve already seen various types of communication apps for Android; Walkie-Talkie apps are not uncommon, nor are obscure chatting apps, but goTenna will help you go one step further, even taking you completely off the grid.
The concept is pretty simple, and quite possibly brilliant. goTenna is a tiny radio tower that fits in your pocket, connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth-LE, using the companion app on your device you can send and receive messages and more with other goTenna users.
Now, I have a pretty good idea what you are thinking right now – why do I need this? The idea of goTenna is to bring connectivity to users when there is no other connection. Whether you are hiking in the wilderness, the power goes out or any other scenario where you do not have a solid WiFi or cell signal.
goTenna is claiming to give you upwards of 30 hours of use on a charge, and, at its best, can let you communicate with other users up to 50 miles away. The companion app appears to primarily be a messaging service, but it also includes:
- offline maps and the ability to share your location with others.
- Individual and group messaging.
- “Shout” broadcast for emergencies.
- Enough internal memory itself to catch a few incoming messages to sync with your phone the next time you connect.
Whether you are looking for a secure line of communication or a way to keep in touch when WiFi and cell are not available, the goTenna may just be the answer for your needs. If you like what you see, hurry over to their site to get in on their introductory pre-order sale. goTenna is sold in pairs for $149.99 now, $300 regular price.
There you have it, an off the grid communications and mapping tool for your Android or iOS devices. What do you think, can goTenna find enough of an audience to find a home in your family emergency kit?