You know how it goes: you and your adventure buddies are standing around in the middle of the arctic, or atop a high-altitude jungle, and you’re all bored stiff. The campfire is burning down, you’ve all told your best ghost stories, and all you want to do it Tweet that awesome photo you just took of a penguin kissing a polar bear.
What’s the answer? The Iridium Go!, a kind of satellite MiFi that brings a data and voice connection down from the heavens and shares it between up to five devices via Wi-Fi. Never suffer the boredom of nature again.
The box is weatherproof, has a panic (SOS) button, and also a built-in email app so you don’t even have to fire up your iPhone to check that your Amazon order has been sent (recommendations: down jacket, snowmobile.)
The box will cost you about $800, plus a monthly fee for the Iridium service (from around $35, it would seem). It’s a truly amazing bit of kit – you can now access the internet from anywhere on the globe (except in Downtown Manhattan I guess). Cue the sound of a thousand thriller writers re-jigging their plots to invent satellite internet signal jammers or something similar.