AT&T's Latest GoPhone Runs On AA Batteries
AT&T today announced the SpareOne Emergency Phone, a simple handset meant purely to serve as a backup phone for critical situations. The SpareOne runs on AA batteries, rather than a rechargeable lithium-polymer power cell. The batteries provide about 11 hours of talk time and about 10 days of standby time. The SpareOne also includes a flashlight, glow-in-the-dark keypad, siren, and SOS alert. The phone comes with a service called Locate & Alert, which can be used to alert up to nine contacts in an emergency, who will be given the SpareOne owner's location. AT&T suggests the handset would be ideal for young children, outdoor adventurers, or grandparents. The SpareOne Emergency Phone costs $59.99 and service costs $25 per year with 120 voice minutes. The SpareOne reaches AT&T stores Nov. 6.
Google Maps and Google Search Debut SOS Function
Jul 25, 2017
Google today announced its Google Maps and Google Search apps will soon show critical information regarding natural and other disasters that may strike. The SOS Alerts, as they are called, will appear at the top of search results and within maps as people look for information concerning the disasters or impacted areas.
Google Debuts 'Trusted Contacts' Personal Safety App
Dec 5, 2016
Google today made a new app available to Android devices that lets people share their location with others during emergencies. The app, called Trusted Contacts, simplifies the process of adding friends and family as emergency contacts.
Republic Wireless Relay Is a Google-Powered, Walkie-Talkie Phone for Kids
Dec 7, 2017
Republic Wireless today announced the Relay, a simple, screenless device meant to help young children communicate with their parents and other family members. The Relay is small, puck-like speakerphone with a single large button.
MIT Spinout Claims to Double Battery Life
Aug 19, 2016
A company called SolidEnergy Systems, a spinout from MIT, says it has new battery technology that will double the life of lithium-based power cells. The breakthrough involves a battery that replaces the traditional graphite anode with a thin, lithium-metal foil.
It all comes back around...
Of course those were POS phones but meh, I think someone needs to make a phone with a battery and crank dynamo charger integrated, like another cool moto accessory they had.
It should be waterproof and have some type of shortwave radio built in... then you wouldn't need to scrounge for batteries after the natural disaster and it would still be useful if the towers are down.
I guess while Im at it, if it can fit in the handle of a Rambo knife, that would be cool too.
Runs on AAs...