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Campers, Hikers, Skiers, Kayakers, Spring Breakers and Emergency First Responders Get Cool New Wireless @Beartooth Gadgets that Allow Tactical Communications Where There is No Wi-Fi or Android/iPhone Cell Towers

22 Feb

The New Off Grid  Beartooth Communication  System is Now Offering Crowdfunding Supporters a Special 30-Day Pre-Order 40% Discount via the Beartooth.com Website

By Robert Hoskins

Bozeman, Montana – The new wireless communication system is perfect fit for large groups of people traveling through the wilderness, ski resorts, spring break parties, concerts, etc. that want a way to stay in touch where there is no Wi-Fi or cell phone coverage due to congested networks or natural disasters. The small Beartooth communicator connects via Bluetooth to Android and Apple iPhones for text, voice messaging and GPS location services.

The small Beartooth communicator connects via Bluetooth to Android and Apple iPhones for text, voice messaging and location services

The small Beartooth communicator connects via Bluetooth to Android and Apple iPhones for text, voice messaging and location services

The unit has its own sub-1 GHz antennas that can connect group members with each other or anyone that is a mutual friend in the Beartooth social network.  With Beartooth, users can talk, text, and find friends on a map, all without cell service or Wi-Fi. Beartooth, which is slightly larger than a deck of cards, pulls double-duty as a backup battery for your smartphone.

Beartooth is now accepting 40% discounted pre-orders for their off-grid communication device, ensuring that you will always stay connected to group members and mutual friends around them. For example, anyone from a college or high school campus could use the Beartooth communicator to locate, call or text mutual friends at a ski resort or on a spring break trip.  The same would be true for police, fireman and emergency first responder teams descending on a natural disaster scene. Communication and location would be instantaneous.

Unlike traditional handheld radios that are cumbersome and difficult to use, Beartooth pairs with your smartphone to quickly and simply connect with other Beartooth users in range. No need to worry about confusing channel settings, radio protocols, and button sequences. All of Beartooth’s powerful functionality is available at the touch of a finger in a format easily recognizable to the user. Download the app, pair the device, and go explore.

“Beartooth was born in Bozeman at Bridger Bowl Ski Area. Company cofounder, Kevin Ames, and I were separated with no service,” said Michael Monaghan, Beartooth CEO and cofounder. “After several hours we finally re-connected and promptly started working on a solution. Kevin is a former smokejumper and radio communications operator who spent his career working in environments with no cellular or Wi-Fi service. It was natural to enable the smartphone carried daily to communicate off grid.”

Whether you are skiing fresh powder in the backcountry or dancing at Coachella, you can now reliably stay in contact with your group in ways that were previously unavailable. During the limited 30-day pre-order campaign, Beartooth is available for $249 per pair, 40% off the MSRP of $399.

Beartooth communicator specifications:

  • 2.44in x 4.0in x 0.49in
  • 4.5oz
  • 3,000 mAh Li-ion battery
  • USB Type-C charge port
  • Sub-1GHz license free bands
  • Works with iOS and Android Phones
  • Average range of two miles

Beartooth communicator features:

  • Individual and group push-to-talk voice
  • Individual and group text messaging
  • Automatic or on-demand GPS location sharing
  • Offline maps: High quality 24k topographic and street maps
  • Battery backup: Recharge your smartphone

Beartooth will start shipping to US customers late 2016. Pre-orders can be placed at www.beartooth.com.

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A Year Later the PowerPot Demonstrates the Power of Kickstarter Crowdfunding Campaigns

21 Mar

By Robert Hoskins

Power Practical, a Utah-based company, has developed a game-changer for backpackers, campers and environmental preparedness enthusiasts alike. The innovative product, called The PowerPot, transforms heat into DC electricity. The new twist on a lightweight backpacking pot will provide electricity where solar options do not: at night, during storms and indoors.

 

The PowerPot was introduced last Spring on Kickstarter, a popular crowdfunding platform. The product’s 30-day campaign smashed it’s funding goal of $50,000 and went on to earn six-figures. Riley Swenson, the company’s VP of marketing said the company is in a very different a year later. “The PowerPot was a mysterious idea that gained a lot of traction last year on Kickstarter. This season, it is an established product, with numerous independent reviews, retail-store availability, and is proudly owned by more than 2,000 happy customers in 40+ countries.”

The genius of the PowerPot is that it charges any USB device. The personal USB device market is literally exploding. From portable lighting to smartphones to ham radios, there seems to be a new USB-charged device everyday of the week. This makes the PowerPot attractive to people going on long-term adventures with a rechargeable gear-set. In some cases it can replace several pounds of batteries.

The device also has vast potential in developing nations. “There are over 200 million people in Africa that use cell phones but lack access to electricity. Some must walk over a mile and spend over 15% of their monthly income just to charge their phone,” said Power Practical VP of Sales Caleb Light. “It is difficult to keep in touch with loved ones or do business off-grid. Since most people faced with this problem cook on an open fire, the PowerPot fits perfectly into their routine.”

Power Practical says it was able to donate roughly 100 units of its innovative PowerPot to NGOs working in developing countries. The units have been donated to groups working in Ghana, Uganda and other locations in Sub-Saharan Africa. The company hopes to expand its humanitarian operations into the subcontinent of India, southeast Asia and elsewhere.

Power Practical is a Salt Lake City-based group of 8 engineers, entrepreneurs and outdoor enthusiasts who emphasize diversity in energy resources by developing innovative, effective and affordable energy products. While the grid that supplies electricity to most of the World is generally reliable, everyone experiences the occasional power outage and there are vast areas of the World that are simply off the grid. The problems posed by imperfect and/or unavailable energy resources are what drive Power Practical’s research and development.

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