from the blog.

This guy survives in the wild with nothing but a bunch of everyday tech gadgets

We all use tech to get through the day. Whether its replying to messages on Slack or email for work, or using map apps to get us from place to place, our gadgets are often our lifeline to the world.
But imagine having to use your gadgets to survive, literally.

That’s exactly what adventurer Andy Quitmeyer does in his new series Hacking the Wild. In the show, Quitmeyer, whose day job is as a assistant professor at the National University of in Singapore, goes into some of the world’s most remote regions armed with nothing but pieces of everyday technology.

Forget food rations, water purifiers, or even mosquito repellent — Quitmeyer, who calls himself a “digital survivalist” — is equipped with laptops and digital cameras to survive.

In the very first episode of the series, Quitmeyer is dropped into the jungle for four days, during which he creates his own mosquito trap using metal coil and a digital camera — the first of many devices he creates over the series.

In the same episode, he also makes his own hydroelectric generator, using a nearby river to power a lightbulb and he constructs his own compass using parts from a laptop.

Quitmeyer’s journeys see him going everywhere from a desert island to an Alaskan ice forest. During his time in the wild, Quitmeyer isn’t given any food, water, or help in any form. Rather, he feeds himself on anything he gets his hands on, from plants to exotic fruit. And sometimes he even uses his food to generate electricity.

According to Quitmeyer, he first got into exploring when he starting fixing equipment for field biologists.

Andy working on his SOS device during the day.

Image: discovery channel

Before the show, Quitmeyer also had his own YouTube channel, where he records his tech repairs and creations in the wild. It was this channel that led to Quitmeyer being spotted and approached to create his own TV show.

“One of the key challenges is deciding what equipment to bring with me … that takes me so much time,” Quitmeyer explains.

“[Once] I was carrying 90 pounds on my backpack of just electronics … [so now I try not to] overburden myself. Because that’s going to be more dangerous than even a lot of natural encounters.”

But his previous adventures definitely prepared him for life on the show.

“All my previous hiking trips in Panama or Madagascar and the Philippines, they really trained me in figuring out ways to actually do the electronics in the wild,” Quitmeyer said.

“Like in Panama, I had to repair a laptop … and then a bunch of army ants started going to our electronics and chewing stuff up. So it taught me to be really prepared — even the craziest things will happen.”

But despite the extreme scenarios Quitmeyer finds himself in, he says the goal for the show is not to intimidate viewers — his real motivation for the show is for people to get to know nature better.

“[The idea for the show is like] how can we use something to show that with a couple of quick, easy tips, you can actually survive in the wilderness … you can play with electronics, you can build cool stuff,” said Quitmeyer.

“So that’s my real secret motivation … to get people to love nature more.”

All images and videos were provided by Discovery.

Https%3a%2f%2fblueprint api production.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fvideo uploaders%2fdistribution thumb%2fimage%2f981%2ffc826b44 92b1 4516 a7bd 9e102652596d

Article courtesy Mashable.

Keep it Simple Websites | Website Designers | Social Media Marketing

Adding value to customers in Gibraltar and Buckinghamshire

You may also like

Big iPhone 8 Reveal: How The Virtual Home Button Will Probably Work

How could an iPhone work without a home button? We now have some idea. Apple is widely suspected to unveil three new iPhones at a September event: the iPhone 7S, iPhone 7S Plus, and the highly anticipated iphone 8. All rumors point to the latter being a radical redesign of the device—one that includes and […]

Client Websites

Why Should You Register Your Domain and Hosting In Your Name With 1&1 UK

When choosing the right provider for your domain and website hosting is like choosing a car insurance company, it’s when things go wrong that you realise just how good the service is!  That’s why we recommend all our customers purchase their domains and hosting in their OWN name with 1&1 UK. With the domain and […]

Hackers Threaten To Wipe Out 200 Million iCloud Accounts

Hackers claim they’ve stolen a ton of iCloud accounts — and they’ve demanded a ransom.A group of hackers claims it has access to over 300 million Apple email accounts — and they say they’re ready and willing to wipe the user data from hundreds of millions of iCloud accounts if Apple won’t pay up by […]

Leave a Reply