I love spending time on the site looking for creative new ideas. Not only does Kickstarter give you a chance to buy a new product at what is usually a discounted price, it gives you the opportunity to help get a new business funded and off the ground.
I will say that I loved my Pebble Watch. It let me know when I had a text. It worked with my running apps on my phone. And I used it as a range finder when I played golf. It was simple and easy to use paving the way for new and better wearable technology to come.
Here’s another interesting Kickstarter technology project made by goTenna that I think may have promise.
According to the company, “goTenna Mesh is the first 100% off-grid, mobile, long-range consumer-ready mesh network. The device pairs with your smartphone to enable communication even when you don’t have service. Absolutely no towers, routers and satellites required! Create people-powered connectivity absolutely anytime, anywhere.”
Living in New Mexico, I actually do still find places without cellular or wifi service. On some of the roads out in the middle of nowhere and especially when we go camping in the mountains. It’s nice to get away from it all, but I still like being able to connect with the world of if needed
While I think the concept of peer-to-peer networks is a great idea, I’m not convinced that this product will solve the problem entirely. The biggest drawback that I see is that it needs other goTenna Mesh devices within a three-mile range to work. If somehow the company could get their technology embedded in new phones, you would have worldwide internet coverage without spending the money to build new cellular networks.
Financial Slackers, what do you think of the goTenna Mesh? Have you funded any Kickstarter projects? Have you used Kickstarter to fund anything you developed?