We love getting away from it all, but it’s still nice to be in touch with those you bring along on your great escape. Enter Beartooth, which turns your phone into a high-powered, off-grid communications device so you can keep connected with friends whether you’re skiing fresh powder in the Big Sky backcountry or dancing at Coachella, where cell service signals and Wi-Fi hotspots are few and far between.
Beartooth connects via Bluetooth to smartphones to allow seamless push-to-talk connections with other Beartooth carriers. It immediately locates groups and individuals, pinpoints landmarks with automatic or on-demand GPS location sharing, sends SOS signals and aids navigation with professional-grade topographic and street maps. It also serves as a battery backup to recharge your phone in case you’ve drained it Instagramming your whole adventure.
The Bozeman, Montana-based hardware startup recently raised $3mm and today announced the limited 30-day pre-order campaign. It’ll be available for $249 for a pair and start shipping to US customers at the end of 2016. So get it and get lost—seriously, your friends will find you.