THIS is a DUCK... and it could save your life - Call For Code

  • Published: 10 June 2019
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    Project OWL ( was last year's winner from Call for Code that created their own inexpensive and simple yet effective communication mesh system for use in disaster zones where internet is not readily everywhere. It could save your life!

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  • Linus Tech Tips
    Linus Tech Tips   5 months back

    Thank you everybody for watching this video! If you have questions about Project OWL's technology, how it could be applied in your community or are interested in collaborating with the Project Owl team, please shoot an email to [email protected] or join the Slack group at

    • Johannes Nielsen
      Johannes Nielsen  5 months back

      @alysdexia belief is not required

    • alysdexia
      alysdexia  5 months back

      @Johannes Nielsen I don't believe you; they'd cancel each other out.

    • alysdexia
      alysdexia  5 months back

      @lee x English, shit-head, and it be not nice < niais < nescius := not-skilled; you be.

    • alysdexia
      alysdexia  5 months back

      You still said guys, fаg.

    • Maggie McFee
      Maggie McFee  5 months back

      @Linus Tech Tips those GPS coordinates are _not_ the LMG HQ. It's a street address off 58th ave. LMG is at 49.0985156,-122.7065713

  • Ethan Manzi
    Ethan Manzi  2 weeks back

    That's actually really cool. If the communication network is bidirectional, later adding the ability to have things like news be accessible from the system would also be useful in emergencies. A private network, with pretty much two systems accessible. The SOS system (as shown) and news, for what the heck is going on.

    • bob baran
      bob baran  1 months back

      PirateBox 2.0

      • Nick E
        Nick E  2 months back

        That's cool, AvL Technologies builds Satelittes for all walks of life from News, Emergency Services to Military. When i was a Firefighter we actually did a commercial with them showcasing their Emergency Response in a Disaster situation, type AvL Technologies in YouTube's search bar to see the commercial. The amount of Tech that Emergency Services use to do our job better and faster, the Ducks are a good idea.

        • Geoseff Ritona
          Geoseff Ritona  3 months back

          What's your emergency?
          Financial Aid

          • XlifesXtoughX
            XlifesXtoughX  3 months back

            Costs 5000

            • Michael Dean
              Michael Dean  3 months back


              Though in America, people would see them, panic, and call the bomb squad.

              • First Last
                First Last  3 months back

                Love this. Props.

                • SilentGhilly
                  SilentGhilly  3 months back

                  a tracker nice

                  • MrNicoJac
                    MrNicoJac  4 months back

                    7:45 Dafuq kinda socks are those??!??!?!?

                    • Jerad Berry
                      Jerad Berry  4 months back

                      what the duck is a clusterduck?

                      • lufer88x
                        lufer88x  4 months back

                        7:05 "I'm the great Cornholio!"

                        • Ilikecereal 15
                          Ilikecereal 15  4 months back

                          Linus' arm at 7:10

                          • EvilestMinion
                            EvilestMinion  4 months back

                            Shit i wish i had an idea

                            • Stop Changing this It's really creepy

                              "Stuck and hungy" sounds like something from Star Control 2

                              • Benbot
                                Benbot  4 months back

                                7:42 you're so Canadian. An American would have thrown the bag and cursed.

                                • InternetExplorers
                                  InternetExplorers  4 months back

                                  this is really cool

                                  • Robin V
                                    Robin V  4 months back

                                    No catchup, How cruel :( at least Mc Donalds was not damaged in the flood :D

                                    • Saravuth Seng
                                      Saravuth Seng  4 months back

                                      People are crazy, if they're not dying, no one will be looking for this kind of thing.

                                      • JediDan
                                        JediDan  4 months back

                                        Linus Duck Tips.

                                        Can't believe nobody said it, already!

                                        • Car Audio Inc
                                          Car Audio Inc  4 months back

                                          Update: "We're dead."

                                          *plot twist*

                                          Zombie Apocalypse

                                          • Sirius Anime
                                            Sirius Anime  4 months back

                                            This will come in handy during judgement day...

                                            If everyone is sane by that time.

                                            • Jack Jack
                                              Jack Jack  5 months back

                                              Love the caring!!!!!!

                                              • Jack Jack
                                                Jack Jack  5 months back

                                                Sorry if its missspelled... dislexsice seems 1995.

                                            • joltdude
                                              joltdude  5 months back

                                              Has a lot of similarities to Riccochet...

                                              • mjs1231
                                                mjs1231  5 months back

                                                Cb would be much cheaper and is fully developed. Why recreating a non issue? And why push it?

                                                • Derwin Cabral
                                                  Derwin Cabral  5 months back

                                                  Cheers from Belize. I was a part of the only 100% volunteer rescue group a few years ago. I can say with confidence that even for disaster preparedness training and scenarios this would be perfect. With more tinkering, I can see this expand not only for notification in urban areas but for high angle rescue, cave rescue and possibly even the addition of voice relay (yes CB's already exist) very informative.

                                                  • KATHyourfirstrate
                                                    KATHyourfirstrate  5 months back

                                                    Wait.. it's a don't need a toilet just shit in the water

                                                    • KATHyourfirstrate
                                                      KATHyourfirstrate  5 months back

                                                      This is the kind of shit the world needs

                                                      • Hazy J
                                                        Hazy J  5 months back

                                                        I find this idea quite revolutionary, and I'm excited to hopefully see it deployed in the next "Hurricane Katrina" or the like.

                                                        • kalexander777
                                                          kalexander777  5 months back

                                                          What AHOLES didn't put ketchup in the bagggg?!!!

                                                          • Sting Wray
                                                            Sting Wray  5 months back

                                                            Should be called mother and ducklings

                                                            • Musty Custard
                                                              Musty Custard  5 months back

                                                              These should be powered, at least as a backup, by radio signals. Phones have been developed that run entirely without a battery and are powered just by the cell signal.

                                                              • Nathan ciminelli
                                                                Nathan ciminelli  5 months back

                                                                Wow I live in Cloverdale at 184 street and 58 ave I literally live a couple blocks away

                                                                • Andrew wells
                                                                  Andrew wells  5 months back

                                                                  7:05 i am cornholio

                                                                  • Mildewed Duke
                                                                    Mildewed Duke  5 months back

                                                                    I guess 646 people don't care if others get stranded, can't communicate with others, and like emergency supplies to get misplaced.

                                                                    • Jason Tufts
                                                                      Jason Tufts  5 months back

                                                                      This is actually a rather amazing through process to create these. Its a funny name, but the idea makes so much sense, and could provide so many with much needed aid extremely quickly if a way of quick deployment was found/made.

                                                                      • Nathan Kellert
                                                                        Nathan Kellert  5 months back

                                                                        I’m curious if this could be expanded to include actual internet when starlink is deployed.

                                                                        • 7Write4This9Heart7
                                                                          7Write4This9Heart7  5 months back

                                                                          That is SO fucking cool, seriously! DANG! (I KNEW that balloon one was gonna take off! LMAO! Hope company wasn't mad!)

                                                                          • TheWibob1234
                                                                            TheWibob1234  5 months back

                                                                            Latitude and longitude is given with that app. What if you combined drones with this to drop basic medical and food supplies when areas are too overworked.

                                                                            • Panic The Scholar Knight.

                                                                              ... i think making a small mesh network of my own might be a good idea.

                                                                              • Sandeep Shankar
                                                                                Sandeep Shankar  5 months back

                                                                                WOW! The writing has gotten so much better from old videos!! Incredibly funny LMAO

                                                                                • MrTrollTheMadGamer
                                                                                  MrTrollTheMadGamer  5 months back

                                                                                  You guys really missed the opportunity to have savage jerky in the bag

                                                                                  • Allen Frady
                                                                                    Allen Frady  5 months back

                                                                                    But why? You can go to the local sporting goods store and pick up a Gramin in reach mini that fits in your pocket and works off of the satellite system and will give you both SOS and 2 way txt messaging from sat coverage. It costs about what a music streaming service costs. I never travel without mine. Id always have it when at home or any time at a hotel but I also have it with me on planes trans and some times, automobiles. Works any where in the world, no ducks or cell coverage necessary.

                                                                                    • Sondre Åvik
                                                                                      Sondre Åvik  5 months back

                                                                                      Why did you transcode this video to 4096x2048 instead of 3840x1920? I'm really baffled, also this video is missing ~3,000kbps in the VP9, I wonder if you'd gain that ~3,000kbps back by adding black bars even though that is a sin, or by rendering in 3840x1920 (?). Also, why 2:1 aspect ratio and why 30fps only, you could gain ~a third extra bitrate simply by frame doubling or filming in 60fps, but would the visual clarity be higher, I don't know, I'd imagine it would if doubling frames at least in regards to video encoder being smart enough to compress _"identical"_ frames in an efficient manner.

                                                                                      • distrohopping junkymonkey

                                                                                        3:05 Linus's face when he says "cluster duck" made me laugh so hard I wheezed

                                                                                        • Elie
                                                                                          Elie  5 months back

                                                                                          lol. I did this using arduino for my graduation project. It was relatively easy to do it, and we created rooms so everybody talks to each others.
                                                                                          Guess what was the first sentence sent:
                                                                                          simply "send nudes", and everybody laughed so hard hhhh

                                                                                          • Nathan Barrett
                                                                                            Nathan Barrett  5 months back


                                                                                            • sijonda
                                                                                              sijonda  5 months back

                                                                                              I'd prefer a manufacturer wide update to be pushed if a major emergency like a really bad earthquake or truly bad flooding where a state of emergency is enacted. All phones would broadcast location info. What if someone can't reach their phone or are knocked unconscious.