Somewear Labs’ Global Hotspot allows off-the-grid communications including two-way SMS texts and emails, weather reports, location sharing and more. Utilizing low Earth orbit satellite networks, Somewear works with iOS and Android phones via Bluetooth Low Energy. Global Hotspot’s integrated lithium polymer battery (with micro-USB charge port) lets users send a maximum of 1,000 text messages on a single charge. Pushing the SOS button sends a distress signal containing GPS coordinates and user information to local authorities. Price: $450, plus service subscriptions of $25 to $50 per month. Somewear Labs, San Francisco. somewearlabs.com
This article originally appeared in the August 2018 issue.