If you have ever cursed a weak cellular signal when trying to get in touch with people, especially in remote places while you’re on vacation – Sonnet brings hope.

What is Sonnet?

Simply put, Sonnet is a device that allows the sending and receiving of instant messages, images, voice messages, and GPS locations. What’s special? It does this without needing the help of a working internet connection or a mobile network.

In essence, this means that you’re never left stranded even if you’re in a place with no cell reception.

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Sonnet Device [Source – Sonnet Kickstarter Campaign]

How does it work?

Sonnet devices have a built-in wifi network. Simply connecting your phone with this network will unlock all the capabilities of the instrument.

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Connecting to Sonnet Step 1 [Source – Sonnet Kickstarter]
Sonnet connecting 2
Connecting to Sonnet Step 2 [Source – Sonnet Kickstarter]
That’s it. You can chat, send locations, send voice messages using the Sonnet web application.

Sonnet works on long range radio, i.e. it can communicate over long distances if it is unhindered by multiple buildings and other obstructions. Although Sonnet advertises a 5-km (3-mile) range, only testing will tell how accurate this estimate is.

However, it is the mesh network design that is truly inspiring. Sonnets can communicate with each other, increasing the effective range of these devices substantially.

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Sonnet Mesh Network Increasing Range [Source – Sonnet Kickstarter]

What else?

Built-in Power Bank

As if these capabilities didn’t already make it an interesting device, Sonnet also features a USB port to charge your phones. The 4000 mAh battery should be able to charge almost all devices fully.

Sonnet power bank
Sonnet Power Bank [Source – Kickstarter]

Weatherproof

Sonnet Labs claims that the device is ‘weatherproof.’ Their IP66 rating promise indicates that the device would be dust and water resistant.

Sonnet weatherproof
Sonnet Weatherproof Design [Source – Kickstarter]

Offline Maps and Panic Button

The offline maps ensure that you will always have access to a map – even without the internet or a cellular signal. However, the accuracy of these maps will have to be tested once the device launches.

Sonnet offline maps
Sonnet Offline Maps [Source – Sonnet Kickstarter]
The Panic Button allows the Sonnet to beam a distress signal with your current location to all other Sonnet users who are in range. Although this feature is useful, it will remain pointless if not many people buy these devices.

Sonnet panic button
Sonnet Panic Button [Source – Sonnet Kickstarter]

Wrap-up

Even though the Sonnet seems to be a useful device, its practicality and usability primarily depend on the number of people buying into it. However, if you are a regular hiker who goes on treks with a group, Sonnet could be a lifesaver – again, only if the whole group decides to adopt it.

All in all, the Sonnet seems like an excellent idea, freeing us from the confines of our cellular and WiFi networks. If you want to find out more, visit their Kickstarter Campaign!