Just found out about FireChat, it's a chat app that can use wi-fi and bluetooth to create a p2p mesh network if there's no internet connection. People in Asia seem to be using it during protests or concerts.
Anyone familiar with it? Sounds really interesting.
@ricardo that does sound interesting!
@ricardo very cool. I will have to look into it.
i used it once on a plane to communicate with a friend elsewhere on the plane and it worked quite well. obviously this isnt really representative of real world usage though
@ricardo i heard of this yeeeaaars ago but nobody seemed to be using it back then
@ricardo they tried to use it during the protests in Russia few years ago but there are not much protests anymore thus no FireChat in use
This is more like it.
But it seems to not be actively mantained, last release was in 2016.
@ricardo yes I was sending out few PRs. It started as an academic project. The original author said anyone willing to continue development can work on it and issue pull requests. If we decide to take upon nothing is going to stop since its a FOSS program.
@ricardo Saw your post last night and checked out Firechat. Today, my Bluetooth was turning off by itself and me headset couldn't stay connected to my phone (Google Pixel). I uninstalled, and problem went away. I'm bummed, because I love the concept.
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