A Library In Every Pocket
“The Short Wave Radio for the Digital Age.” -- Fast Company
“A Tiny Satellite Dish That Brings Info to the World’s Deadzones.” -- Wired
“Outernet aims to provide data to the net unconnected.” -- BBC
"Billions of people around the world don't have access to the Internet, so the next big thing is trying to connect the world." -- CNN
Lantern is an anonymous portable library that constantly receives free data from space.
Like the water we drink or the air we breathe, the information we consume feeds the very essence of what it means to be human. Lantern establishes a new baseline of human knowledge. We are not fixing the world for people, we are giving them the information they need to fix it themselves.
Lantern continuously receives radio waves broadcast by Outernet from space. Lantern turns the signal into digital files, like webpages, news articles, ebooks, videos, and music. Lantern can receive and store any type of digital file on its internal drive. To view the content stored in Lantern, turn on the Wi-Fi hotspot and connect to Lantern with any Wi-Fi enabled device. All you need is a browser.
Oh, and Outernet is free to use, always.
If We Hit $500,000 We Can Increase To 10 MB/day
Buy A Lantern, Change The World
When purchasing Lantern through this campaign, you are both advancing the collective potential of our species and receiving a cutting-edge piece of technology.
What will people read about when their governments can no longer censor information?
What problems will we solve when every human can educate themselves?
What inventions will we create when knowledge is universally available?
Buy a Lantern, support Outernet, and help us find the answers. This campaign is to fund the creation of Lantern and a 2 MB/day broadcast on a new frequency that can be received without a dish. The more money we raise, the more we can do - including launching our own satellites into orbit. See our funding timeline below for more details.
Lantern is an amazing device fed by a stream of data from Outernet's satellite network.
Free data forever. Initially, Lantern will receive about 2 MB/day, though we will increase this number in the future. Depending on the success of this campaign, we could stream data at up to 100 MB/day. And you will never have to pay for data, ever.
Extremely portable. We are in the prototype stage, but the final product will be the size and weight of a standard flashlight.
Solar charged. Plug Lantern in to charge it. When power is not available, just set Lantern in the sun. Lantern receives data in low-power mode and can share downloaded files when its hotspot is turned on.
Lantern Is Fed Information From Outernet, Humanity's Public Library
1. Outernet continuously broadcasts data from space. Most of what we broadcast is decided by you. The rest is either part of our Core Archive (critical content, like educational material or disaster updates) or Sponsored Content. In every case, we tell you how the content got there. If it's sponsored, we tell you who paid for it.
2. Lantern connects to the satellite signal. A receiver, such as Lantern, can be bought from Outernet, or we'll show you how to build one yourself. Lantern can receive numerous types of signals from various satellites and frequencies. Lantern can be plugged into a satellite dish to receive data at an even faster rate (200 MB/day and up).
3. Connect your Wi-Fi enabled device to Lantern. Lantern's Wi-Fi hotspot allows anyone with a computer, tablet, or phone to interact with Lantern's content. Everything can be viewed in a browser, just like the Internet, except this is an "offline" version.
Outernet has been commissioned by The World Bank to install hardware in South Sudan across several cities, providing free information access to millions. The World Bank will also be sponsoring content to be delivered by Outernet. This project will begin in early 2015.
Outernet will be working with IREX in Namibia to install receivers in libraries and schools across the country, enabling access to educational content for tens of thousands of children. The project will begin in early 2015.
A Continuously Updated Archive of the Web's Best Content
Everyone on Earth can use Lantern. See all the ways to use this versatile device and you will start to see all the ways it can change the world.
Download news, weather, books, videos and audio for FREE
Access to information, freedom from censorship
Consume Internet content anonymously
Travel with the best of the Internet wherever you go
Create your own media archive
- Charge your phone with Lantern
What happens when the next Hurricane Katrina or Hurricane Sandy destroys cellular networks? In times of natural disaster or conflict, Outernet still works and prioritizes disaster updates. No one should face crisis without access to updated information. With Lantern, continuously updated information is always available.
All data consumed on Lantern is anonymous. Access to news, civic information, commodity prices, weather, construction plans for open source farm machinery...anything. Outernet eradicates information poverty and censorship everywhere on Earth. Since Lantern is so small, it can be used discreetly. Can't buy Lantern in your part of the world? We show you how to build one.
A library in every pocket means courseware in any format, from textbooks to videos to software. Young children learning to read and adults learning to code; everyone can benefit from Outernet’s digital media archive. Call it a library or call it a school - it now fits in your pocket.
Other ways to use Lantern:
Wi-Fi Library For Your Kids. Kids love their (or your) mobile devices, now give them a free, safe library to explore. You decide what to keep on Lantern -- or add files yourself, so there aren't any surprises.
Travel Smart. News, Maps, Weather... Everywhere. Have you ever landed abroad and not had data? Never again. Lantern is ideal for the sailor, outdoorsman, pilot, soldier... the list goes on.
Share and Collect Files. No need to pass a flash drive around the room. With Lantern, everyone can share and add information whenever you like. Grant users access to your Lantern and you're done. Simple.
Perks For Our Supporters
Earn a free Lantern by referring friends
Help us by spreading the word via email and social media. You can earn $10 in credit toward our campaign every time one of your referrals purchases a Lantern.
There is no limit to how much you can earn!
Once the campaign is over, we will apply this credit to your account, giving you a refund on your purchase or credit on the purchase of a new Lantern. We are able to track how many people visit our campaign from your link and whether they contribute. For the Village Lantern or Solar Village Lantern, we will give you credits worth the equivalent number of Lanterns ($60 credit and $100 credit, respectively). Please note that contributors cannot receive referral credit for referring themselves. Of two contributors, only one can be the 'referrer' and receive campaign credit for the other's contribution.
How to participate in the referral program: It’s simple. Log in to your Indiegogo account . Be sure to use the same account you used when you claimed your Lantern. Then, look below our main video at the top of this page for buttons to share and copy your unique URL. Start sharing!
Need more information? We have created detailed instructions here.
The Story of Outernet, the Creators of Lantern
4.3 Billion People Lack Easy Access To Information
4.3 billion people on Earth - the combined populations of Europe and the United States TIMES FOUR - do not have access to the Internet. The majority of humanity does not have access to the enormous library of useful information that we take for granted. Books, courseware, weather information, disaster updates, uncensored news, entertainment, language learning software. What if there was another way to give that to everyone on Earth for free?
Current System: "A Library In Every Village"
Proposed System: "A Library In Every Pocket"
Information should be a public good available to everyone. This new broadcast frequency will enable global coverage to a pocket-sized device. That device is called "Lantern.
What Could Our Species Accomplish?
Imagine if every person could learn for free.
Imagine if there were no more dark patches of people without access to information.
Imagine if the lights came on.
Never before in human history has there been an opportunity to raise the bar for everyone at once so dramatically. Outernet is such an inflection point.
Currently, Outernet is broadcasting from geostationary satellites thousands of miles above the Earth. This is a Ku-band signal with a footprint which reaches all of North America, Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. We launched this first phase of Outernet on August 11, 2014 to test various elements of the technology, allow users to build receivers and validate our work while providing us with useful feedback.
We are ready for our next step.
How Does Outernet Work?
Below is a nifty infographic that the L.A. Times put together about Outernet. You can see the original with its animation here.