The system utilizes Free, Libre and Open Source software (FLOSS) to create mobile wireless file sharing networks where users can anonymously share images, video, audio, documents, and other digital content.
The device, originally called Freedrop was built by David Darts a professor at NYU Steinhart for his students to share files. Quickly the students started sharing non class related material such as music or images. The device was placed in a pirate themed lunchbox, which led to the name Pirate Box.
|(Credit: David Darts)|
Making one of these devices yourself isn’t hard. The components needed can be bought for around US 100$.
Detailed instructions on how to make this device can be found in the Pirate Box Wiki.
Similar things can be achieved in many phones running android or symbian already, as in essence this is mostly a free wireless web server in a box. The important thing is that there is no connection to the rest of the internet. The Pirate box is a network in itself.
Does anyone know of any other projects similar to this?