Invest in the mesh
Open Garden has built a name for itself with FireChat, an off-grid messaging app taken up by protest movements around the world,…
As the NH7 Weekender festival kicks off on Saturday in Delhi, India, not just attendees, but the bands and artists taking the stage are coming armed with the FireChat app.
Open Garden’s smartphone app allows protesters to communicate without an internet connection, but it’s also being used to spread disinformation. With verified accounts and private chatrooms, Open Garden hopes to solve that problem.
Bogged-down cellular networks and the looming threat of government censorship have led Chinese protestors to turn to FireChat, a smartphone messaging app that doesn’t need an internet connection to work.
FireChat’s — the group chatting application that works without cell service — latest version is out just in time for this year’s Burning Man.
FireChat, an anonymous messaging app that functions without an internet connection, works on both Android and iOS but not between them. A new version of the app, however, breaks down that barrier.
Austin’s M87 is trying to turn smartphones into extensions of the mobile network, sending mobile connections hopping from device to device before hitting the tower. Qualcomm has taken notice.
M87 has developed software that allows smartphones to hop across each other’s radios to get the best connection to the network. M87 founders gave Gigaom an exclusive look at how the technology works.
An new app from Open Garden allows Wi-Fi network owners to share their password with the startup’s shared bandwidth community.
The architecture of our mobile networks is going to have to change to keep up with more people and devices, and crowdfunded options like the Serval Project and BRCK may show us a path forward.
Internet access is limited by service providers, who act as gatekeepers to the treasures of connectivity. But could crowdsourcing connectivity be the answer to the problem for mobile users? That’s the question startup Open Garden is looking to answer.