Thanks to Bluetooth LE technology, the tiny goTenna addition allows smartphone users with iOS and Android to be able to text and share location information without cell reception.
You can even save your phone’s battery and text in Airplane mode!
The Brooklyn, New York based outfit invented their own closed loop system that relies on Bluetooth LE to broadcast its signal for instantaneous text (up to 160 characters) and GPS service for up to fifty miles.
Though testing in an area riddled with real world obstructions, like Central Park, can limit that potential and reduce the range to more like 3.5 miles when tested. Still, the advantages of sending information without killing the battery searching for signal or waiting for a WiFi connection in range is HUGE.
The idea for the goTenna was spawned in the disastrous mega superstorm Sandy that ravaged the tri-state area and left many without any chance to contact loved ones when the cell towers became overrun with action.
The goTenna can eliminate this need, and if you are just living in a god-awful area where there is no reception for texting until leaving the property, like I do, this system is awesome.
Preorders are flying bye, though not cheap, at $150 for a pair.
The question you need to ask yourself is this: when the world’s dead population become the undead and start to eat your neighbors while you watch in shock (or cheer in pure feelings of joy as those with weirdly colored woodchips finally get their just deserves) do you want to be able to still communicate with your fellow goTenna peops?
The disadvantages of the goTenna are few but important, during the zombie apocalypse or otherwise.
Despite the wide range and the extensive abilities, including message encryption, it is a system closed to owners of goTenna’s and so if your buddy is not nearby and no one with a goTenna is allowing its service for public use, then it is reduced to a flashy colored Kit Kat bar.
Whatever you do, do NOT eat the goTenna (we did not test that)!