So how many of you got brand new shiny EVO handsets this week and have had a ton of fun experiencing the awesomeness that is EVO? Great, now how many of you are planning on sending your shiny new toy into the upper atmosphere on a weather balloon until said balloon pops and it floats back down to Earth?  Yeah, that is what we said too.

It seems that there is at least ONE of you that wants to do this.  Danny Pier, a kid who seems to be “Wicked Smaht” as we say in Boston, wants to do just that.  At his page over at, Danny outlines his plan, and is asking for donations to help make his dream possible.  He wants to create an Android app that will allow him to send the unit up, take both still and video pictures, then release a rescue chute to allow the unit to come back safely.  He will use the GPS in the unit to track it’s progress.

The best part: once he’s done, he’ll have developed an app that others can use if they want to try doing the same thing.

Sounds like a pretty cool plan, check out his video pitch below.


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  1. Good luck getting service with lame ass sprint! Verizon Baby!
    The EVO is wack, it already has all these problems, stickin to the Motorola Droid, waiting on the Droid X

    iPHONEY Killa!

  2. Both of you two are idiots. But Jon is right, he won't get a reliable signal at 35k feet over BFE. The cellular network is designed for devices on the ground, not 7 miles up. The best he'll be able to achieve is record of the flight on the sd card that hopefully he'll be able to download if he recovers the device.

    • Actually, it does work. People have done similar things before. The one I read about was decidedly lower-tech, using an old Nextel phone (that thing was built like a brick, which is why they used it—it could withstand the cold, condensation, wind, and crash landing) and an old point and shoot set on time-lapse mode. They put InstaMapper ( on the phone, turned on data, and sent the whole little kit up. After going up about 1.5-2 miles, the phone's radio became too weak to communicate and they lost track of it. However, as the balloon fell, the phone was able to get reconnected and they got its coordinates once it fell back.

      So, yeah, it does have a chance of working. If I were him, though, I wouldn't use the EVO—it's too fragile! He'll most likely the screen broken on landing, find the glass popped off because of extreme temperature change, or water will get in from frost and it'll stop working. Better box that shit in plexiglass.

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