Somewear's Pocket-Sized Global Hotspot Device
US tech firm Somewear Labs has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter for the Somewear Global Hotspot – an adventure-tech product that connects your smartphone directly to satellite networks, giving 100% global network coverage wherever you are in the world.
The pocket-sized device, which weighs just 3oz (85g), connects to your smartphone via hotspot, allowing thrill-seekers to access two-way communication with any phone number or email on their contact list anywhere on the globe. Users can also share their location and download maps using the integrated GPS.
When connected to the Somewear app, the device provides vital travel information, including weather updates and local news. This information is delivered straight to the user's smartphone, enabling explorers to stay in touch, informed and safe, even when they're off-grid. A built-in SOS button also connects the user to 24/7 monitoring by an international emergency response co-ordination centre. The device is waterproof to one metre and operates at extreme temperatures.
"Somewear provides an experience beyond emergency scenarios," says co-founder Alan Besquin. Users will pay for one of three month-to-month data plans to use the device, starting at $15 a month for 20 satellite messages of 160 characters and rising to $50 a month for unlimited satellite messages. The device will begin shipping in July 2018.
Consumers are increasingly investing in thrill-seeking experiences to indulge their inner adrenaline junkie, and wearable technology is helping minimise risks involved. For more, read Survivalist Thrill-Seekers.