[islandlabs] Balloon Phone

john abella john at abella.net
Fri Feb 26 13:45:39 EST 2010

Just a note -- the phone is coming from Texas and while they tell me it's
already shipped -- it's eBay and we're sort of at the mercy of a few
different people at this point.

Once I get it, I'll mess with Accutracking and Instamapper and track myself
a bit, just to make sure the basics are working.   Hopefully I'll have it by
Wednesday  - or maybe we end up loading it up on Wednesday night if it
arrives that day.  It's the same phone MIT used, so if we want to talk
external antennas or stripping the guts out of the phone the way they did,
now would be the time.

I guess if we don't have it by Weds, we should discuss pushing back a

As soon as I have good news I'll send out a note.

John A.

On Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 1:37 PM, John Teddy <masterjediyoda at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hey John,
> This is fantastic news. Test out the phone if possible before the next Wed.
> IL meeting.
> Wednesday night we will engage in some search and rescue around town in
> Stony Brook, and try to locate the phone. Thursday morning I am going to
> shell out $300 (split with Bill) and put the helium tank into my Subaru. At
> that point we'll have committed to launching the upcoming weekend. We should
> aim for everything to be assembled and ready to go after the Wed. IL
> meeting.
> If anyone has any new ideas, or thinks things should be different... show
> up Wednesday with the finished product of whatever change you want to offer.
> THere have been hundreds of ideas related to this project at this point.
> It's time to launch soon, it will be a few days after the next IL meeting
> assuming nothing else goes wrong.
> -John Teddy
> On Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 11:04 PM, john abella <john at abella.net> wrote:
>> I bought a Moto i290 (Boost) phone off eBay.  Once it arrives I'll get it
>> loaded it so we can do some testing.
>> I'll hopefully have it for next Wednesday, we'll see.     If anyone has
>> anything specific they want to see loaded on it let me know off-list and I
>> can try it when it arrives.
>> John A.
>> john at abella.net
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