When you go camping, the little luxuries you’re able to bring along can mean the world. An air mattress, a generator, a waterproof tent (trust me, this is important) – these things can make ‘roughing it’ a little more tolerable. But for a tech addict, a link to the connected world can be difficult to bring along. Satellite dishes don’t exactly fit in a duffle bag.
That’s where GATR comes in. GATR creates inflatable satellite antenna solutions that are simple to transport. They’re lightweight, compact, and actually resemble blow-up beach balls. The dish is found inside the ball, not only to protect it from the elements, but to secure its parabolic shape. The air-pressure inside the orb helps divide the sphere in half.
Right now, the design is a little cumbersome and requires additional hardware to make it function. But GATR is developing a version (available this Fall) that will be far more portable. It will be 1.2 meters in diameter, will weigh less than 50 pounds, and will tuck away nicely in a backpack.
(via Oh Gizmo!)