Turn your phone into a VHF radio

KTMphil

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Water proof phone case that turns your phone into a VHF radio, could be useful in an emergency?




It's clever as hell; the Casemate is a ruggedized, waterproof phone case that contains the important bits from a VHF radio; slip your smartphone into the case (with a connector that allows the Casemate to use your phone's power, processor, microphone and headphones) and you've got a phone that also functions as a VHF radio.










VHF Casemate - Waterproof and Shockproof Smartphone Casing


Description:
A novel design for a waterproof and shockproof smartphone casing that enables VHF (Very high frequency) radio functions through a mobile phone. The device is intended to improve the speed of rescue in the case of emergency on open water, as VHF is an extremely reliable signal which can be easily tracked.
For further information, download the VHF CaseMate Information Sheet.





URL:


http://dit.technologypublisher.com/tech/VHF_Casemate_-_Waterproof_and_Shockproof_Smartphone_Casing






Emergency Locating: The device allows water rescue teams and the Coast Guard to track the
phone signal in the case of emergency.
Open Distress Calling: The Case Mate facilitates an open distress call that can be picked up by
surrounding vessels in case of emergency. A phone only permits one-to-one contact.
Scope for App Development: As VHF CaseMate operates using an App it is possible to develop
weather mapping and additional features which are currently not available on any handheld VHF radio
on the market.
Advantages
Industrial Applications
The VHF Casemate is an ideal solution for the growing number of leisure mariners depending on mobile
phones as their primary means of communication on open water.
The technology has cross-industry applications within both the Handheld VHF Radio and Waterproof
Casing sectors.
DIT Hothouse is currently seeking commercial partners to take this technology to market. VHF
Handheld radios currently retail in between €50 and €200 per unit, demonstrating the value that
consumers place on this functionality. The VHF casemate offers the consumer a low cost alternative
using existing smartphone technology. Hothouse offers flexible commercial terms to licensees on
technologies developed through DIT research.
 

KTMphil

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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2007 KTM 990 Adventure Suzuki DRZ 400
As VHF is pretty well 'line of sight', good on water but not so hot on land. Probably better off with one of those 'SPOT' transmitters.
If 2 riders have them and out of cellular range...would be an easy way to find each other off road if there's a problem.
 
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