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Open Garden brings mobile a new kind of network

I'm not sure this makes a good business, but am always intrigued with geeks who try to bring the world better technology. In this case Open Garden builds a mesh network out of your mobile phone. Why do this? Better connectivity and better speeds. 

Its network connects across 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It enables users to create their own ad-hoc mesh networks with other Open Garden-enabled devices including smartphones, tablets and PCs. And it offers benefits for nearly every player in the mobile ecosystem: consumers, carriers. handset and tablet manufacturers.

http://www.opengarden.com
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I've never got this to work really well and I've tried a few times. It seems very promising, but it's just not quite there yet. It's getting close though! And they need a linux client.
 
It would be awesome if there was a Chrome Book version as well as Linux. 
 
This app has great potential, even in its early days I was able to use it to reach # ingress portals that were in carrier dead spots!

Can't wait to see how far this goes!
 
I would need this for Chromebook too. And need to know if this is a subscription service out of beta.
 
I use Open Garden often from my Galaxy S3 to my Asus Transformer Prime. It works well and has gotten me out of a jam a couple of times.
I've not used it from my phone to my Windows laptop though. 
 
As yet there is no Open Garden application for Linux :(
 
I use it with my Galaxy Nexus and Infinity. It works great for some apps but most don't recognize bluetooth vpn as a valid network connection. Also, the philosophy behind it is novel but impractical: "Everyone share your connection with everyone else!" No thanks, you can take your packet sniffers to Starbucks like everyone else. 
 
Does having a screen at the corner of your eye make your eye naturally stray that direction when you aren't wearing them? 
People that are cross-eyed can sometimes retrain their eyes to focus on the center... seems like wearing the Google Glass would have a similar effect.
 
Brian the screen is like a Times Square ad. It is set to be at distance. So I don't go cross eyed when using it.
 
+Robert Scoble Unfortunately, you didn't bring up an EXTREMELY important downside of Open Garden.

I started using it about a month ago when I was looking for exactly what Mischa was describing, where I was sick of fiddling with paring and settings to tether my Nexus 7 to my Galaxy Nexus.

However according to some complaints and responses from Google, the way Open Garden is connecting to other devices (I believe it's done via a VPN) means that a great number of apps think that they don't have a connection when their only connection to the internet is via Open Garden.

There have been statements from Google developers that this will be fixed in an upcoming version of Android, but at the moment apps like Pocket, Feedly, the Play Store, and basically anything other than Chrome or Youtube cannot be used.

This is a really awesome service that I want to make use of but at the moment it's extremely limited.
 
I have tried this at a number of geek conventions where plenty of people have it turned on and found it to never allow me a stable connection, yet I hold out much hope and keep re-installing it for every one of these gatherings.  As-yet, I always fall back to basic tether.
 
interesting. Is this basically multi-tethering? Is  is against the carrier #TOS if you aren't paying for their special permission to tether?
 
+Tim Tipton You'd think it probably would be, but I'm guessing that because Open Garden uses a VPN there is no way for the carrier to detect whether you're tethering unlike with regular methods.
 
i didnt even notice the google glass on that interviewer til he mentioned it. i think i was too pumped to hear the interview
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