Plague is weird, it’s a bit scary, but it’s also an utterly fascinating networking concept. It uses the virus not just as a metaphor but as the underlying model for spreading information between devices.
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.
Only 15 users have gotten verified status, but almost all of them are Hong Kong journalists who Open Garden hopes will become trusted sources of information during the protests.
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.
Open Garden is teaming up with TrackR to connect its FireChat and bandwidth-sharing apps to TrackR’s smart tags. Why? A FireChat user may one day help locate your lost luggage.
FireChat is debuting today in Google Play, after a successful launch on iOS. Android users can now engage in FireChat’s hyperlocal messaging sessions, but they won’t be able to chat with iOS devices.
We’re surrounded by broadband connections wherever we go, but we’re not allowed to access them. What if we could connect to every network we encounter? At Mobilize 2013 we’re advocating for a broadband commons.
Ford is bringing its vehicle-to-vehicle safety research to life in Germany, testing a radio-equipped car that communicates to other vehicles when its screeching to a halt long before drivers can see it.
Most connected vehicle technologies have focused squarely on the car, but BMW and Honda are working with the University of MIchigan and Cohda Wireless to develop autonomous driving technologies that work on two wheels.