The world is crumbling around you. Floodwaters rage, houses have been ripped apart and you need to get vital information from the Internet. There’s no 4G, 3G or WiFi available. What do you do?
A new open source web browser is being developed that allows you to access Internet sites via text messaging. It’s not fast, it will be expensive if you don’t have unlimited text messaging, and you won’t get any graphics (yet!), but you’ll be able to view websites when no data service is available.
Today, it’s Android only and requires a Twillio account plus a back end server, and they still haven’t released the actual code. But – the project looks promising for use in disaster zones and regions without consistent data service (think Africa).
How does it work? You start by typing in a website URL in the Cosmos app. A text is sent to a Twillio number. The text is then send using an API to a back end server.
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