Somewear Labs has developed a tiny device that let’s you communicate from anywhere in the world — the Rocky Mountains, the middle of the ocean, even the North Pole. And when professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones is your chief field testing officer, you know you have a solid product.
Weighing less than 3 ounces, the Global Hotspot pairs with your smartphone via Bluetooth and let’s you send text or emails (up to 160 characters) in a dedicated Somewear Labs app through the Iridium satellite network. The gadget also allows friends and family to track your location on a map — kind of like a luggage tracker. And you’re the luggage.
As a freeride snowboarder, Jones has put the Global Hotspot through some rigorous testing in the mountains. When he needs help, he really needs it. “Somewear basically turns your cell phone into a global communication device,” says Jones, “In my profession, you learn quickly that if something goes wrong in the mountains, you need reliable communication with emergency responders. Cell phones rarely work in the mountains, which is why Somewear has become a critical part of my backcountry kit.”
If you’re injured or need help, you can hit an SOS button and help will be on the way. Use your phone to text with rescuers, find out the time of arrival, and broadcast your location.
“Our team is a tight group of designers and engineers that love anything that gets us outdoors. We came from companies like Apple, Tesla, and Intuit, and saw massive investment in new technologies that helped millions of people, but on the weekends, none of those technologies mattered when we got off-the-grid. That’s why we created Somewear to be a powerful and dependable communication platform — when you need it, anywhere in the world,” co-founder and CEO James Kubik says.
The Global Hotspot retails for $450, and you’ll need a subscription plan for messaging services, which range from $15 to $50 per month depending on the number of message you need. If you pre-order the Global Hotspot via Somewear’s Kickstarter campaign — fully funded in four days — you can get $150 off the device and 10 percent off the subscription plan for the first six months. The campaign runs until May 2, 2018.