Cue IBM, in partnership with Android and the Weather Channel. The technology, dubbed mesh networking, aims to create a network where phones themselves are transmitters and receivers of data for everyone else. It uses the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth receivers already built on the phones, and while its current version broadcasts weather and other alerts, there is a promising, if hurdled, road ahead for the technology. Check out this quick promo below:
The mobile phone has and will continue to revolutionize how aid and development get done. A consistent bottleneck for any mobile activity, however, is the network. Connectivity is still king, even when we’re talking about sending SMS. But what if you were able to harness the power of mobile, without wide-scale connectivity (i.e. wi-fi or cellular networks)?