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October 8, 2011 3:32 PM   Subscribe

What is the smartphone software that uses other nearby phones as a a kind of p2p wireless network - ie. sends a message by transmitting it to any other phones in range that are also running the app, which will then pass it on in a similar fashion, etc.?

I know it exists, and I'm reasonably sure I've seen it linked on the blue in the last couple of months - probably in a comment - but just can't find it.
posted by poweredbybeard to Technology (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Well, Bump is meant to transfer files by bumping fists... ostensibly it could work for your purposes? I think it integrates with a number of other apps, too.
posted by carsonb at 3:47 PM on October 8, 2011

It's not this post on kettling, is it?
posted by Telpethoron at 3:55 PM on October 8, 2011

Response by poster: Ah, no... I forgot to mention that Sukey is not what I'm referring to. But thanks, Telpethoron.
posted by poweredbybeard at 4:11 PM on October 8, 2011

Response by poster: And carsonb, thanks for pointing out Bump, but this app works (as I recall the description) by sending (by Bluetooth or WiFi, I believe) indiscriminately to any phone in range that's also running the app, and then they do the same...

Maybe it's still in development, but it most certainly has a website. One which doesn't seem to use any google-able text I think it would.
posted by poweredbybeard at 4:16 PM on October 8, 2011

Mobile ad hoc networks and mesh networks are a current area of computer science research. I am not aware of any consumer implementations.
posted by procrastination at 4:29 PM on October 8, 2011 [1 favorite]

signal strength ?
posted by dawdle at 5:06 PM on October 8, 2011

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