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#288388 - 03/13/18 06:40 PM Geko Smart Whistle
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https://www.rei.com/product/124223/geko-smart-whistle

Just ran across this. Apparently, if in distress, you blow on the whistle and the device automatically notifies three contacts of your choice that you are in trouble at a location (provided by your cellphone). It works somehow with your cell and if you are not in cell range, you would be SOL. the whistling notifies anyone in your vicinity in the traditional manner.

Anyone have experience, anecdotes, or stories about this gadget? It is on clearance at REI...


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#288390 - 03/13/18 08:10 PM Re: Geko Smart Whistle [Re: hikermor]
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Innovation continues, sometimes in strange directions. Never even heard of it before.

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#288391 - 03/14/18 04:01 PM Re: Geko Smart Whistle [Re: hikermor]
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Originally Posted By: hikermor
It is on clearance at REI...

I think I can see why.

It's worrisome enough to depend on a fragile battery powered device that depends on a cellular network (voice call on your cellphone directly to a rescue team) to get you help.

It's even worse to depend on a fragile battery powered device (electronic whistle), that itself depends on another fragile battery powered device (smartphone), that depends on an installed software application (smartphone app), that depends on a cellular network, that depends on an SMS/email provider to send a text message/email, that depends on your contacts having their smartphones on and in a service area to receive your text message/email, that depends on your contacts fulfilling their duty to notify a rescue team, that depends on your contacts knowing the phone number for the rescue team, to get you help.

Why not just call the rescue team yourself? You've got your cellphone right there in the first place! This electronic whistle appears to be a solution in search of a problem.

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#288392 - 03/14/18 06:14 PM Re: Geko Smart Whistle [Re: haertig]
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Agreed. For one thing, 911 would be one, if not the first, number I would enter. these days a lot of SAR ops are triggered by calls from the victim's phone at the scene. I do doubt that this gadget will have much of an impact

Ofcourse, those are the ones we know about - those in cell phone range with charged batteries. As for the rest, we will notice them when the snow melts....
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#288394 - 03/14/18 10:31 PM Re: Geko Smart Whistle [Re: hikermor]
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Take a look at the reviews on Amazon --

https://www.amazon.com/GEKO-Emergency-Au...customerReviews

It requires a lot of stuff for it to work -- a social media account, an Android phone, an app that's constantly open, a subscription, etc. Some people find it useful for their elderly relatives in "I've fallen and I can't get up" sort of situation, but with so many requirements, I am not sure I'd rely on this gadget.

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#288395 - 03/15/18 12:55 AM Re: Geko Smart Whistle [Re: hikermor]
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I am sure that I would not rely on such a device. Innovation is not bad, it just goes down some dead ends sometimes. And sometimes some aspect of a failed innovation spurs innovation in another direction. I am not sure where this would go, but people should not stop trying new ideas. Maybe they should test more before they go into large scale production though.

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#288396 - 03/15/18 04:21 AM Re: Geko Smart Whistle [Re: Montanero]
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Originally Posted By: Montanero
And sometimes some aspect of a failed innovation spurs innovation in another direction.

That reminds me, I need to watch the "Connections" mini-series with James Burke again. Fantastic the way he tied invention to invention to invention. I'm really dating myself remembering this series. But heck, most of y'all here are probably as old as I am and might remember the series too. I'll have to check out the local library and see if they have it on DVD.

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#288397 - 03/15/18 10:10 AM Re: Geko Smart Whistle [Re: haertig]
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Originally Posted By: haertig
That reminds me, I need to watch the "Connections" mini-series with James Burke again. Fantastic the way he tied invention to invention to invention. I'm really dating myself remembering this series. But heck, most of y'all here are probably as old as I am and might remember the series too.

No. I had to look it up. That series came out before I was born.

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#288398 - 03/15/18 10:11 AM Re: Geko Smart Whistle [Re: hikermor]
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Was going to say a back up phone probably better investment, like the Spare One (which can be powered by an AA). But seems they're not available anymore, and website has gone.

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#288399 - 03/15/18 01:09 PM Re: Geko Smart Whistle [Re: haertig]
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Those were very interesting programs. Burke does have some books, and there are some documentaries on some of the streaming services that sort of try to do the same thing. I can't remember what their titles are though.

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