Motorola has released a keychain that adds satellite communication to any smartphone
Motorola has developed the Defy Satellite Link Keychain, which adds satellite messaging to any smartphone. The same can be found in the iPhone 14 line.
The keyfob integrates with the Bullitt Satellite Messenger (BSM) application, a service that allows you to exchange messages even when there is no cellular connection. The user types a message into the BSM and the Defy Satellite Link sends it via satellite. The recipient does not have to install the application, he will receive the text sent to him in the form of a regular SMS.
True, such a luxury will cost users a pretty penny. The minimum Essential plan costs $4.99 per month. It includes 30 messages and the ability to contact FocusPoint International, an international SOS service, for 12 months. The organization’s specialists receive distress signals and connect users with emergency services.
The key fob is protected from dust and moisture according to the IP68 standard. It is capable of operating in the temperature range from -5°C to 55°C. According to the developers, a 600 mAh battery will last for several days of work. The keychain weighs about 68 grams. The gadget connects to the smartphone via Bluetooth. The app will require at least Android 10 or iOS 14 to run.
Motorola Defy Satellite Link comes with a GPS sensor. Without connecting to a smartphone, the key fob will be able to send information about the last known location, which in certain situations can save a person’s life.
The start of sales is scheduled for April this year. The bare keychain will be available for $99. If you pay extra $ 50, in addition to the gadget itself, the buyer will receive an annual subscription to the Bullitt Satellite Messenger application.