How much did you pay for your Internet service last month? You probably shelled out $50, $100 or even more to connect to the World Wide Web. Throw in your phone's data plan and that's a lot of money every month spent to connect to the world's largest information source. What if I told you could receive data completely free? It's true.
Lantern is a product that's currently posted on crowdfunding site Indiegogo. It's a small receiver that receives a data stream from satellites in space called the Outernet. The developers describe Outernet as "Humanity's Library." It's full of critical information like educational materials, disaster updates and also includes Web pages, videos, e-books and more. The library is always growing, and you get to decide which information is stored on your Lantern gadget.
Lantern continuously receives radio waves broadcast by Outernet from space. Lantern turns the signal into digital files, like webpages, news articles, ebooks, videos, and music. Lantern can receive and store any type of digital file on its internal drive.
The project has huge possibilities. Not only could it help us save on everyday data connection expenses, but it could also bring much-needed information to people around the world who don't have access to the Internet. School, towns and communities could get educational materials, engineering designs and medical information they never had access to before!
The project has already exceeded its funding goal of $200,000 but the developers aren't stopping there. They want to raise $10 million so they can launch more Outernet satellites into space.