Walkie talkies are definitely a little dated compared to a new smartphone, but there’s no denying they had some very useful situations where a smartphone just isn’t as good. When you’re out hiking, for example, you need to be able to just push and talk to someone and not have to worry about dialing a phone number. That’s where Linc comes in.
The device is a Moto Mod for the Moto Z family that attempts to turn your high-tech pocket computer into something a little more reminiscent of the early days of instant communication. It pops on the back of your phone, like other Mods, and acts like a traditional radio that can communicate with other devices in areas with zero cellular service.
It supports 22 channels with a range of five miles, but can also handle SMS messages and GPS tracking. It’s also technically a Bluetooth compatible device, so even if you don’t have a Moto Z you can still use it with other smartphones. That’s also an incredibly important selling point, because if you’re going camping with a group there’s a very slim chance you’ll all have the same phone.
The Linc is currently undergoing a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo where it looks on pace to hit its goal. If you’re interested, you can go ahead and support the project and guarantee yourself one for just $99.