everywhere you go, always take the internet with you
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