Portable satellite hotspot with GPS tracking helps hikers find their way

Somewear, a portable GPS tracker, has beaten its fundraising goal on Kickstarter.

Press Association
Last updated: 13 April 2018 - 9.19am

A tiny satellite communication device that could prevent users from getting lost or stranded in the wilderness has smashed its fundraising goal on Kickstarter.

Somewear, created by Somewear Labs, claims to be the world’s smallest two-way satellite communication device, and allows users to contact friends, family, and the emergency services while in remote locations.

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The device has on-board GPS and complete global coverage by connecting a smartphone directly to satellite networks. When a user’s smartphone is paired to the hotspot, they can communicate and access relevant information through the Somewear app.

This means users of the device never have to worry about losing signal in remote areas.

Every message sent through the device includes location, so users can share their whereabouts with friends and family at home, or find people at remote stops or campsites.

As well as satellite communication and GPS tracking, the device’s features include downloadable maps, weather reporting, local alerts, and interactive SOS.

Somewear Labs said: “By popping off the cap and holding down the SOS button, you can receive a rescue anywhere in the world.”

The device also has critical events updates, so users are warned of bad weather or natural disaster alerts.

Somewear Labs said: “There’s no question that preparedness is crucial in the outdoors. But we know conditions change quickly and want to make sure you have access to the information you need in those moments.”

The company has smashed its $50,000 fundraising goal (around £35,000) by over $24,000 (around £18,000), and plans to deliver its devices to customers from July to September 2018.

The suggested retail price of the device is $450 (around £317), however the Kickstarter campaign is offering a number of discounts to backers.

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