Open Garden: Mobile overlay mesh network for Internet access
Open Garden —Mobile overlay mesh network for Internet accessGrow your own InternetStanislav ShalunovSeptember 22, 2012Making More of MobileCambridge Computer Laboratory Workshop
Open GardenSmall startup in San FranciscoStill very early—a lot of the vision not in the product1.5 million installs, just to have a testbedEvolving technology and product visionShip early and often development cycle
Problem spaceEvery smartphone owner in the developed world has aportable device without cellular connectivity.Connectivity is ubiquitous, yet elusive.Multiple connection logic: if Wi-Fi, then turn off 3G/4G.With the many connections, poor reliability.
Internet everywhere Basic networking technology Make more Internet On more devices More of the time Faster Open Garden/MANET = BitTorrent/multicast
StatusShipping v1 with a few featuresWorking on a v2 with many moreAlso have earlier market test apps
Open Garden v1Share connectivity between devicesAndroid, Mac, WindowsUse mobile connectivity on laptop or tabletUsers get connectivity where they didn’t have it
Open Garden v1 techInstall, done.Everything happens automatically.Bluetooth, Wi-Fi Direct.Can connect via Bluetooth without discoverability orcodes to type.
Open Garden v1 vstethering/personal hotspot Android tethering takes seven screen gestures to start. Open Garden takes zero. Don’t need to remember to turn it off, either. Less than 1% of smartphone users have access to tethering.
Open Garden v2 (future)Maintenance of the mesh.Channel bonding.Multi-hop.More graceful failover: tune, not switch.