BRCK wants to change the way we connect to the web around the world—whether we be cafe-hoppers in San Francisco or struggling coders in Nairobi. It is the backup generator for the Internet.
When working remotely, sometimes it is hard to get connected and stay online (even at a local Starbucks). All kinds of jobs require steady connectivity, even when infrastructure is spotty due to wireless connections that come and go, intermittent power, or devices that can’t share connections.
The folks at non-profit technology company Ushahidi realized that what we really need is a smart, rugged device that could connect to the internet any way it could, hop from one network to another, create a hotspot for multiple devices, while plugged in or running on battery power.
BRCK works when the electricity goes out and it works when the internet goes down. It is portable and easy to set up. It supports up to 20 devices, with WiFi powerful enough to cover multiple rooms. Their motto is “if it works in Africa, it will work anywhere.”
They’ve turned to Kickstarter to fund their efforts to move the BRCK from its current prototype phase into a field-ready product and into production.