The internet is gradually becoming part of the daily lives of millions of people around the world. In both developed and developing worlds when the power goes out, your internet provider is most likely to also go down and access to your favorite apps becomes a problem and that is frustrating. The need for reliable connections in unpredictable environments cannot be overemphasized. Ushahidi founders’ Kickstarter project BRCK wants to make sure that no matter where you are in the world, you can be online when your power goes out.
The BRCK is a software infused device, operating in the cloud with its own website, accessible from anywhere to check how WiFi and electricity are performing, or manage alerts and applications.
BRCK is a modem that is able to connect up to 20 devices at a time and seamlessly switch between wifi, 3G, 4G and Ethernet connections automatically. BRCK reached its Kickstarter funding target last month and is now hoping to provide secure and uninterrupted internet access to remote areas, cities and towns with poor web infrastructures or suffer from extreme weather conditions that affect connectivity.
How BRCK works
The BRCK works much the way your cell phone does, by intelligently and seamlessly switching between Ethernet, Wifi, and 3G or 4G mobile phone networks. By plugging in a SIM card or connecting to a wired or wireless ethernet connection the BRCK will automatically get online. Power is also redundant; if your AC power fails, BRCK falls back on its 8-hour battery without needing to be told. BRCK also offers users an interface accessible from their devices, providing data about signal, usage and performance, as well as management of the network.
The BRCK also has 16GB of memory on board that can be synced to Dropbox and other connected devices and applications.
The BRCK is available for pre-orders through Kickstarter for $200 and the first 50 early-birds can get one for $150.