Yaliny wants to turn any smartphone into a satellite phone
By Heidi Hoopes
The satellite design incorporates more sophisticated antenna technology in the form of a multibeam active phased array. Satellites will have many channels with their neighbors to provide communication coverage, even while over a hole on the earth without a ground station, such as an ocean.
Any phone using at least Android 2.3.x or iOS 7.1 will be able to connect to this satellite system with the aid of the Yaliny Point hardware and a free app. This cellphone-sized device will be able to maintain about ten hours of phone or web use and can connect via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
However, bear in mind that the project is set at Indiegogo’s flexible spending designation, which allows Yaliny to collect funds even if the project is not fully funded. The company told us via email that were that situation to happen, it would be able to return to angel and venture funding, along with relying on some funds already raised, in order to deliver on the Yaliny Point.
The company also seems to have employed a team with the qualifications necessary to deliver on a technology that heretofore has only been partially realized by other companies in the form of satellite-based emergency systems or expensive or slow systems based around existing satellite networks. When asked about the far-off date for a consumer to actually use the system, Yaliny asserted that large communications companies didn’t have the incentive or organizational flexibility to be solving the problems with cellular anytime soon, so the problem will still remain.
The campaign ends on June 6. The pitch video below shows a phone with traditional cellular service compared to a brick.