every­where you go, al­ways take the in­ter­net with you

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It may look like an overly bling Blue­tooth speaker, but de­sign firm Ushahidi de­scribes its BRCK as a back-up gen­er­a­tor for the in­ter­net. In fact, it’s an all-in-one mo­bile hotspot that was pro­to­typed in Kenya and built to sur­vive the harsh­est of global con­di­tions – a help­ful op­tion un­til In­ter­net.org achieves its lofty aims of bring­ing the web to ev­ery cor­ner of the planet.

The BRCK acts as a por­ta­ble router, but ex­actly how you con­nect is up to you. There’s N Wi-Fi, an Eth­er­net port and world­wide 3G/ HSPA+ sup­port with a SIM card, so you’re guar­an­teed re­cep­tion no mat­ter how re­mote your desk. Not got a plug socket to hand? It runs off just about any­thing, too, from a car bat­tery to a so­lar panel, with a pow­er­ful surge pro­tec­tor pre­vent­ing burnouts.

Its eight-hour bat­tery will also charge your other gad­gets and you can up­grade its 4GB of in­ter­nal stor­age, or sim­ply share all of your data via the cloud.

It’s con­nec­tiv­ity for the world’s ex­plor­ers, with a de­sign that even the less ad­ven­tur­ous can still ap­pre­ci­ate. US$199, Brck.com, out au­tumn

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