I’ve had the original Gotenna for a while - it’s a great idea - but some of the flaws really limit their usefulness when you really need them - these are the things I would change
- to use gotenna you need online access to register an account or it’s useless while this makes sense - it also severely limits the device
I have two gotenna here for emergency - UNLESS I registered accounts ahead of time and have preinstalled the app on both devices and an account on each phone - they can’t really be used
better option - build a mini wfi server into the gotenna device itself - it runs a little wifi server.
in an emergency any friend or person you are with can connect via wifi to the gotenna local server on the gotenna itself - download and install the .apk file - and install the gotenna app and then they can connect and pair to a gotenna stick
i’m just picturing a situation where everything is down - I have two gotenna here - but whoever I want to use the other one so that we can stay connected can’t do a thing because they haven’t downloaded the app ahead of time - this would solve that probem
or another option - build a simple wifi server into the gotenna app itself on my phone if you don’t build it into the stick (this is probably better) - so now here i am - emergency - i’ve got two gotenna - i can start the app on my phone - start the wifi server app so that my buddy can connect to my phone and download and install the apk file (app ) to their phone - and then he can pair his phone with that 2nd gotenna and we’re in business
but even this won’t work - because as is currently first thing you get after you start the app for the first time is it wants a working internet connection so that you can register an account - well that’s not going to be the case when everything is down - so that’s the weakest link right there - breaks the chain. you’ve got two working gotenna two working smart phones - but one of the smartphones never heard of used or downloaded AND registered an account - so they can’t do anything - even if you manage to get the apk app on their phone
add a wifi server to the gotenna app that lets you send an apk (app) to another person
and don’t require network registration before you can use the app (at least in an emergency)
this way these things can really be useful in an emergency
scenerio - everything goes nuts - internet and cell all down
but I have two gotenna at home, or in my trunk or whatever
so now I can get the app on my buddy’s phone even though there is no internet
and also he can USE the app because it doesn’t require network internet access to render him
a usable account!
bingo - the gotenna became super useful - i can pair a friend or loved one with gotenna - get the app installed for them - and have them up and running! success!
now I tried a work around on my phone - so i download a wifi server app that lets me share/serve files from my phone to others - ok great - so I can get the apk to the other person and they can install it
when they go to use the app - as it is currently made - the start the app and are presented with a register screen - that requires network access -
so their gotenna is completely useless…
so build the ability to get the apk/app to another person by either building a wifi server into the stick itself
Or at minimum build that function into the gotenna app
and #2 get rid of the requirement that you register an account (which only works over network acccess) so that the device can be used by anyone that can get the apk/app on their device!
that network access registration really screws up the usefulness
hell - just have some little crypto unique key generator that creates a unique id for the app when you’re first pairing the device instead of requiring internet acccess for that initial setup
they get so many thing right with the idea for gotenna but you gotta think of things like this to make them truly something you can count on in a disaster
hell - build these functions in and you have a disaster like the hurricane in puerto rico and you can bring in a couple cases of these devices to the city and have a complete instant mesh network instantly that will really blanket the area!