Do you think this will be a major part of communication?

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  1. Lloydbm41 macrumors 68040

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    Nope. You can do the exact same thing with a cheap pair of walkie talkies.
     
  2. Dontazemebro macrumors 68020

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    Range is going to be a problem. It looks like just a fancy walkie talkie.
     
  3. 556fmjoe macrumors 65816

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    Interesting idea. It would come in useful in emergencies. Not sure why they're using 1024 bit RSA instead of 2048.

    The Serval Project is similar, but uses a mesh network with no extra devices needed. The range is less, but can be extended with antennas. The idea is that antennas can be air dropped into the area after a natural disaster.
     
  4. LIVEFRMNYC thread starter macrumors 603

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    You can't text with walkie talkies. And good secure walkie talkies cost a lot more and are bigger in size.
     
  5. Lloydbm41 macrumors 68040

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    ? These things are solutions to a problem that doesn't exist?

    So let's see. I'm going to go to a place with no cell signal (some high mountain area for example) with friends, so now I have to take a few of these sticks, plus our cells and hope we are never separated by more than a mile or two? And why? So we can text? Sorry, just don't get it, especially when I can get walkie talkies that operate on secure freqs, have a much longer carrier distance and (should I want this feature) can text. And it is just one small item to bring. Maybe you haven't looked at Motorola walkie talkies hardware in the past decade? Cell phones haven't been the only communication hardware to advance in capabilities and miniaturization.
     
  6. luckydcxx macrumors 65816

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    i was just going to post this same thing! i think these will be great for emergencies and for traveling.
     
  7. LIVEFRMNYC, Jul 19, 2014
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    Obviously it's not for you then. Walkie talkies are generally big and bulky, the really good ones have antennas half the size or actual size of gotenna.

    As far as texting, what models of Walkie talkies can actually do that? Only ones I've heard of are those that can send text with huge limitations, or via connecting walkie talkie to a laptop.

    We all carry our cell phones everywhere, signal or not. So carrying a small sized stick by itself vs a small sized stick attached to a bulky device larger than the phone we already carry is a no brainier.
     
  8. blanka macrumors 68000

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    Toss in some babies (floods of reckless spend money) and it will be a hit as baby phone (guess that is a horrible translation of babyfoon).
     
  9. MozMan68 macrumors 68000

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    I still don't get it.... how do you pay for the time you use it? how does it connect with your cell? outside of buying five of these for each member of my family for the extremely rare cases when we travel to a place with no signal (hmmm... that has been "never") or I'm starting my own little "breaking bad" business and don't want to be tracked by the government (like they show in the video... which I'm still struggling to believe), why or when would I actually need this?

    I probably didn't look hard enough, but I'm still trying to figure out how it works. It seems to identical to walkie talkies since you all have to have one of these most likely with matching bands to work. Has someone just figured out a way to link a cell phone to send texts over a simple radio signal?
     
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    Oh it's definitely niche, but it's not so much that people won't buy into it, it's that most of those who have a negative opinion have no use for it. How about journalists? People out in the coast/middle of the ocean? Videographers in the rainforest/Africa? People working underground?

    Yes. It's a huge deal in the long run. If you can have one party over here doing something, while having communication with another party doing something else, it will make everything faster, and cheaper.

    Most people investing into it at the moment are probably conferences and festivals goers who deal with a lot of weak signals. That's what they're advertising it for at the moment anyway. And I get it, I went to festivals with my school, and it's no fun when you're stuck with a group because you're afraid of getting lost within a couple of buildings and not having contact with people. Everyone has different tastes, and everyone wants their own experiences from these events, so this gives people a little freedom.

    I hope they eventually rent them at conferences, festivals, hotels, casinos, and the like. I never have signal at the casino, so I'd definitely be open to that. You only have so much energy after 12AM to look for someone in a big place like that. :p
     
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    The disadvantage of walkie talkies is that you actually have to talk to people. With Gotenna, you can communicate with people without having to actually talk to them. It seems the trend these days is to not talk to people. At work, I get IM's from people who are only a few desks away. It's like it's too much trouble to stand up and say something over the cubical wall. :confused:
     
  13. Lloydbm41 macrumors 68040

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    As I pointed out above, walkie talkies can text these days as well.
     
  14. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

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    TSX300, a walkie talkie you can text on.

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