New Walkie-Talkie

Remember walkie-talkies?  You know, those handheld voice radios that sent signals overt the air?  Today, we all have cell phones and the technology might seem a bit archaic but the folks at goTenna hope you’ll think otherwise about its new device.

The goTenna radio lets you use your smartphone to send and receive messages even when you don’t have service.  For example — you’re at crowded music festival and all the signals are jammed, or when there’s a power outage and the networks are down.

It’s essentially a low-power (two watts) radio that lets you send text messages the old-fashioned way: straight from one device to another.
No middleman technology, cell towers, or infrastructure to get overloaded.

It pairs with your phone over Bluetooth and has a max range of up to 50 miles.  Users download a free app for access the goTenna radio to type out a text message or share a location.

The device is roughly 5.8 in x 1 in x 0.5 in or 147.3 mm x 25.4 mm x 12.7 mm., so you’ll have to clip it on your pocket, belt, or perhapd a book-bag.

Currently the goTenna is being offered for pre-orders at a cost of $150 per pair.  Once enough units are sold, to reportedly fund the initial production run, the price will jump to $300 per pair.

KEY HARDWARE SPECS

  • Antenna
  • 2-watt radio
  • Flash memory good for 1000’s of messages
  • Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
  • Micro-USB connector
  • BluetoothLE data interface
  • Status indicator lights
  • Nylon attachment strap
  • Water-resistant
  • Dust-tight
  • Price: $149.99 for a pair ← Pre-order price
  • Size: Roughly 5.8 in x 1 in x 0.5 in or 147.3 mm x 25.4 mm x 12.7 mm. When the device extends, its length increases by 2.2 in or 55.8 mm. It weighs 2 oz or 56.7 g.
  • Weight: 2 oz, or 57 g

KEY APP FEATURES

  • Send & receive text messages for free
  • Share locations on beautiful offline maps
  • Instantaneous transmission within range
  • Automatic message retry & delivery confirmation
  • Individual & group messaging
  • ”Shout” broadcasts to anyone within range
  • Proximal friend map & location pinging
  • Emergency chat
  • End-to-end encryption (RSA-1024 public-private key ciphering) & self-destructing messages
  • Compatible with iOS 7 and above & Android 4.x and above
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