I came across this amusing post on CravingTech in which he links to a funny DIY video showing you how to turn your thong into a mobile WiFi hotspot.
Now, ‘thong’ means different things to different people. Suffice to say, this isn’t about concealing a device up your butt. That would be a ‘hotspot’ you probably wouldn’t want to share; especially with strangers. [Always practice safe security 😉 Encrypt your SSID with WEP or above].
Why don’t we call it a WiFi Sandal, yes, or Flip-Flop? That way, we avoid a misunderstanding.
The video is amusing and it could just work. Turning it on and off is a bit cumbersome, though, but if you aren’t wearing anything but a thong and sandals, then this could be your answer to ‘pocketing’ WiFi in the rude.
I was a little disappointed, though, to find out that the DIY anchor in this video hadn’t yet found a way to convert footfall into electricity to recharge the WiFi device. The repetitive slapping of a flip-flop onto ground must be a great waste of energy that should be harnessed somehow.
The video had me thinking about multi-purpose WiFi hotspot devices. As they become smaller and smaller, they become more portable. Read my Portable WiFi 3G Modems review to see what I mean. But, wouldn’t it be even better if we had WiFi capability built into devices that we took with us everywhere?
The mobile phone – Duh!
But I don’t always want to use the SIM card in my mobile phone for data when roaming. Instead, I would like to be free to purchase something locally to where I am and use pay-as-you-go to keep data costs down. Maybe somebody could simply make a mobile phone attachment that not only provides extra battery back-up to the mobile phone but, also, acts as a mobile WiFi device with a SIM slot.
For instance, on the iPhone it could plug into the 30-pin connector and act as a simple peripheral device (with power pass-through, of course). Or, it could be a phone case like the Mophie.
Alternatively, why not purchase a Global SIM to keep your data costs down?