Oppo MeshTalk – No need for Internet, Bluetooth or Network!

Next Generation Mobile Communication without Spending Airtime Balance – Oppo Meshtalk

Communication is one of the essential use of mobile phones. Be it in a crowded urban area, or the most remote villages, we use phone to communicate. In fact, as early as 1918, telephones were made to permit two or more users to conduct a conversation when they are too far apart to be heard directly.

Lately, a lot of messaging applications are in the market. We have:

  • Facebook Messenger
  • Whatsapp
  • Katalk
  • Line
  • WeChat
  • Snapchat
  • Viber
  • Telegram
  • BBM
  • Hangouts
  • Etc

Our smartphones enable constant and instant communication with our family, friends, and even work colleagues, but the built-in options out of the box aren’t always the best. Messaging apps have grown to provide rich services offering all kinds of interactions with others, from free text messaging, to voice and video calling, to photo and file sharing with the added benefit of encryption.

Distinguishable

While makers and carriers are talking up the benefits of 5G, Oppo chose to be different. The brand realized the inevitable circumstances and situations that hinders technological communication. To name few of it, we have:

  • No network coverage
  • No prepaid or postpaid credit
  • No wifi available
  • No bluetooth

It was at MWC Shanghai, China that they announced their new proprietary communications’ technology designed to let people call or chat across medium distances without using cellular networks, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth. Together with it was the showing off of the world’s first phone with a camera under the screen. The protocol is called MeshTalk. It decentralized, end-to-end system that Oppo says can cover up to 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) outdoors — or even further in more crowded environments when signal relays between devices can be used.

How it Works!

Video from YT Infotainment Urdu

Here is the OPPO’s official statement:

“At MWC Shanghai 2019, OPPO presented MeshTalk, a new proprietary communication technology that allows the transmission of texts, voice messages and phone calls via OPPO devices within 3 km without having to use the telephone network, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. OPPO MeshTalk also allows multiple devices to create an ad hoc local area network (LAN) allowing the creation of group chats and expanding the communication range via a signal relay. MeshTalk supports LAN communications wherever OPPO devices are located, provided they are in the mutual signal range.”

– OPPO

To develop its MeshTalk technology, OPPO has customized the communication chip to take advantage of decentralization, greater speed and lower power consumption. MeshTalk is an innovative end-to-end communication solution that bypasses base stations, servers and other devices, allowing users a higher level of privacy.

One of the most amazing benefits of this, is the uncomplicated and trouble free connection with people who are caught up during natural disasters especially those people living in remote areas. We could also think of a time when an oppressive regime turns off access to the internet. Or where a government tries to forcefully shut down an encrypted app that’s used by demonstrators — it happened in Hong Kong with Telegram just last week. The MeshTalk will be very useful.

At times, we encounter extreme situations when there is no network coverage at all — for example, when you just arrive at an airport in a foreign country or when you take an off-road trip or attend a concert, football match, or exhibition,” Oppo said in a press release (via VentureBeat). “[This] technology offers a solution to such scenarios in which other network connections are unavailable.”

CONS

Oppo didn’t reveal what kind of tech is behind MeshTalk or when the first phones with it will be available on the market. We imagine that this is with a clear line of sight. Actually, this is much more than a radio or walkie-talkie because of the relaying feature. The 3km maximum range can be exceeded when there are other Mesh network participants in-between.

A mesh network is a network of interlocked routers called nodes, or points. These nodes work with one another to supply internet coverage over a broad area, something a traditional home network can’t provide. Still, as the name suggests this is a mesh network – it can route the message through several nearby devices so it can reach its target, even if it’s too far from a direct connection.

The feature has been one of the most popular topics in tech. OPPO is confident that the feature positions the brand as a leader in smartphone design innovation.

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AVENGERS: End Game Coming in Blu-Ray

The most anticipated movie of the year, AVENGERS: End Game was released last April 24, 2019. It was a blockbuster of the first week. As early as two weeks before the release date of the movie, almost all cinemas and theatres were already fully booked.

Avengers: Endgame is a 2019 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team the Avengers, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to 2012’s The Avengers, 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, and 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War and the twenty-second film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). It was directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, and features an ensemble cast including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Josh Brolin. In the film, the surviving members of the Avengers and their allies attempt to reverse the damage caused by Thanos in Infinity War.

RECORD BREAKER

In France, “Endgame” scored the biggest opening day for a Marvel film. It set an overall opening day record in the Netherlands, Greece, and Egypt.

The movie raked in $169 million on Wednesday, its first day of release in 25 markets including China, Australia, and several countries in Europe.

It set single-day box office records in China, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries, said Disney, which bought Marvel Studios in 2009.

In just  five days, an astonishing $331 million for “Avengers: Endgame” in China has set a record for the country’s highest-grossing opening weekend of any film, Western or local, and puts the Marvel finale on track to eclipse in about one week what its predecessor, “Infinity War,” made during its entire month-long run in the Middle Kingdom. The country has also set the highest pre-sales gross with $110 million.

In France, “Endgame” scored the biggest opening day for a Marvel film. It set an overall opening day record in the Netherlands, Greece, and Egypt.

Other Countries that End Game Won.

Elsewhere, it became the highest-grossing film of all time in several markets, including Chile and Thailand, set the record for highest opening weekend gross in more than 40 markets including, Australia, Brazil, China, Egypt, Mexico, and the United Kingdom, and set various IMAX records in 50 different markets across all six inhabited continents.

  • In the USA, it grossed $60 million in less than 12 hours breaking the record of Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • It became the highest grossing film in countries like: Bolivia with $3.5 million, Brazil with $84.6 million, and Singapore with $14.2 million, and Thailand with $26.8 million, and etc., beating the record of AVENGERS: Infinity War.
  • It also has the highest opening weekend gross in European countries like the United Kingdom with £43.4 million, The Netherlands with $5.9 million, Ireland with €4.4 million, Norway with $2.5 million Iceland with $210 thousand, Slovenia with $237 thousand, and Slovakia with $847 thousand.
  • It has the highest IMAX Gross in countries like Argentina, Belgium, and China with $81.2 million, India, Italy, and Mexico.

Avengers: Endgame Now Digitally Available

The impressive movie of all time has always been worth watching again, that is why, Avengers: Endgame will be available on digital on July 30 and Blu-ray on August 13. The home release will feature a ton of bonus material. If you purchase the film on digital, you’ll get a featurette about Steve and Peggy (Captain America and the love of his life).

A lot of fans are waiting for the movie to be available via NETFLIX, where in previous AVENGERS movies can be watched like the Infinity War. It is said, the movie will be available along with Captain Marvel — on Disney+ when the service becomes available this fall.

Here’s what to expect for together with the movie:

Digital Exclusive:

  • Steve and Peggy: One Last Dance – Explore Captain America and Peggy Carter’s bond, forged in moments from previous films that lead to a momentous choice in “Avengers: Endgame.”

Blu-ray & Digital:

  • Remembering Stan Lee – Filmmakers and cast honor the great Stan Lee in a fond look back at his MCU movie cameos.
  • Setting the Tone: Casting Robert Downey Jr. – Hear the tale of how Robert Downey Jr. was cast as Tony Stark in the original “Iron Man” — and launched the MCU.
  • A Man Out of Time: Creating Captain America – Trace the evolution of Captain America with those who helped shape the look, feel and character of this compelling hero.
  • Black Widow: Whatever It Takes – Follow Black Widow’s journey both within and outside the Avengers, including the challenges she faced and overcame along the way.
  • The Russo Brothers: Journey to Endgame – See how Anthony and Joe Russo met the challenge of helping two of the biggest films in cinematic history … back-to-back!
  • The Women of the MCU – MCU women share what it was like to join forces for the first time in an epic battle scene — and be part of such a historic ensemble.
  • Bro Thor – His appearance has changed but his heroism remains! Go behind the scenes to see how Bro Thor was created.
  • Six Deleted Scenes – “Goji Berries,” “Bombs on Board,” “Suckiest Army in the Galaxy,” “You Used to Frickin’ Live Here,” “Tony and Howard” and “Avengers Take a Knee.”
  • Gag Reel – Laugh along with the cast in this epic collection of flubs, goofs, and gaffes from set.
  • Visionary Intro – Intro by directors Joe and Anthony Russo.
  • Audio Commentary – Audio commentary by directors Anthony and Joe Russo, and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.

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Saving The Earth With Old Mobile Phones

Saving The Earth With Old Mobile Phones
Old mobile phones. Image from shutterstock

From the title ‘Saving the Earth with old mobile phones’ we can talk about two things. First, the Earth and why it needs to be saved. Second, the old mobile phones and how it will be of service again. These are two completely different things that we thought can’t be connected and can’t have relationship with each other. But yes they can. Let us talk about each of them first separately.

With the constant upgrading of mobile phones nowadays, have you ever asked yourselves what happens to the old ones? Let us think about all those Nokia phones, Samsung, Motorola and many more which were the top notches in the market in the early 2000s.

350,000 Mobile Phones are Disposed Every Year

According to EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) there are approximately 350,000 mobile phones disposed every year and that equates to more than 152 million phones thrown away in one year.

So imagine the wasteland full of these useless phone. Aside from the difficulty of disposing it, there are chances that it could pollute the soils and water near the wasteland where a large number of disposed phones are located. If it happens, it could harm the people living near the area.

Now let us talk about saving the Earth. We all know, and we are all aware of the greatest challenge the humankind is facing right now. That is, climate change. One of the main reasons for climate change is deforestation.

According to WWF, forests covers 31% of the earth. It helps clean the water and air by sinking the carbon dioxide level. But, our forests are already in great danger due to illegal loggers and poachers. Every year we are losing 18.7 million acres of forest, equivalent to 27 soccer fields every minute. It mostly happens to countries that has tropical rain forests because of its biodiversity.

Not only that. Let us also take a look at the greatest species extinction crisis since the dinosaur times. Allowing these illegal loggers and poachers to enter the diverse environment of the forest gives them access to easily kill animals, and extinct species.

Contributing to Deforestation

Why are we talking about this? That is because there is this man who found out the use of old mobile phones in saving our forests, actually, the rain forests. His name is Topher White. He is the founder and CEO of Rainforest Connection.

He conceptualizes it in 2011 when he visited the rainforests in Borneo, Indonesia. He was volunteering in a wildlife sanctuary when he discovered that illegal loggers and poachers are difficult to catch because of the rich sound made by the wildlife present in the rainforest. There are birds chirping, gibbons singing, snakes hissing and many more that makes it impossible to hear the sound of chainsaws cutting the trees in the forest.

Topher White Video Tweet on his TED interview

Alarmed by the vexing and unending deforestation, he found a way to detect the sound of chainsaws by using the old phones that has microphones on it.

Using Old Phones to Detect Illegal Loggers and Poachers

So he innovated the old phone that has a powerful microphone in it, attached some solar panels to keep charged. The device was put in a box to keep it safe from the dangers of the rain forest.

How does it work? Well, we all know that cellphones are like small computers and it can do almost everything. If you ask about connection, well yes, there are connections even on the most remote villages. So when a chainsaw turns on and when the mobile phone detects it, it sends alert to the local authorities or to people who want to be involved in preserving the rainforests. What’s amazing about this is that, it can detect the perimeters where the illegal logging are happening, making it easier for the people to find and catch the illegal loggers and poachers.

From 2011, Rainforest Connection was accepted and realized by many countries like Africa and Brazil. And since many believed about its advocacy and accuracy of the device, they had teamed up with SAP Cloud Analytics. It upgraded the device to detect illegal loggers and poachers in the forest even before they start.

A lot of recordings has already been made that also led them to the study of sounds that birds make when something is wrong. Aside from that, you could also listen to the beautiful sound of birds on their website https://rfcx.org/ . It could also trace illegal hunters from the sound of their gunshots and could also help from saving animals and species to extinction. It also enables researchers and scientist to study and understand the rain forest easier bio-acoustic monitoring capabilities. It let them see what their eyes cannot see.  It could also help from saving animals and species to extinction.

Saving The Earth With Old Mobile Phones

Since then, it has been used by many countries who are protecting their rain forests and also the natives living in the area. The organization has been featured to numerous press like National Geographic, Al Jazeera, Digital Trends, SXSW and Mashable. The organization is well supported by people who wished to help save their forest like volunteers, tribes and Native people. They make sure they collaborate even to the indigenous people living in the remaining rain forest because they know the place well. They also know how the rainforests behaves. They reach out to them because they are the possible target of the illegal loggers and poachers because their rain forests are still intact.

Climate Change and Deforestation

Why is this important? That is because deforestation is one of the leading cause of the disasters happening around the world. Climate change is the biggest effect of deforestation. May we never forget the historic droughts that affect upwards of 20 million people in major cities in South America such as Sao Paulo which is directly related to the destruction of the Amazon rain forest.

So before you throw away your old phones, give life to it by sending it to the Rain Forest Connection to help save the rainforests. We sometimes think small actions doesn’t mean anything but the truth is, small actions by many people could make a big impact.

Resources:

https://earth911.com/eco-tech/20-e-waste-facts/