Most modern smartphones can form highly advanced mesh networks, but they are limited by three things:
3.Software fragmentation (in Mesh protocols and RF communication stack)
I look around and almost every human has a powerful networking computer in their pocket. With currently existing hardware (Wi-fi and Bluetooth, possibly LTE) massive networks will be created, augmenting and building upon our current information infrastructure. Currently hardware incompatibilities make this difficult to do. Ara will help change this.
To further explore my original concept, I imagined a higher power radio on Ara. With USB C, power will be more modular, allowing the radio to feed off a cheap battery pack or a laptop. More power allows for a longer range and more data to be transferred. This would act as a node that anyone can access, connecting the user to a free network.
I opted for an external antenna for it's better RF propagation and range. When connected to the mesh, much more data will be passing through the device. Many argue it's unsafe to position a transmitter directly against one's skin (For example in your pocket). This design is for 2.4 GHz (Wi-Fi/ bluetooth), as it can communicate with modern non-Ara devices. When I add a storage module, Ara becomes a digital library for places where internet isn't available or is too expensive.
Today we are seeing simple networks form between people. Soon, we will utilize LTE Direct to create much more advanced networks. Free, local networks will form sharing information, texts, and calls. Developers will create radical applications, enabling the next era in mobile computing. Connect this to dark fiber, or a balloon, and you have just connected the next 3 billion.