Global Hotspot

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Somewear Labs’ Global Hotspot al­lows off-the-grid com­mu­ni­ca­tions in­clud­ing two-way SMS texts and emails, weather re­ports, lo­ca­tion shar­ing and more. Utiliz­ing low Earth or­bit satel­lite net­works, Somewear works with iOS and An­droid phones via Blue­tooth Low En­ergy. Global Hotspot’s in­te­grated lithium poly­mer bat­tery (with mi­cro-USB charge port) lets users send a max­i­mum of 1,000 text mes­sages on a sin­gle charge. Push­ing the SOS but­ton sends a dis­tress sig­nal con­tain­ing GPS co­or­di­nates and user in­for­ma­tion to lo­cal au­thor­i­ties. Price: $450, plus ser­vice sub­scrip­tions of $25 to $50 per month. Somewear Labs, San Fran­cisco. somewear­labs.com

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