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

  • Published on Jun 10, 2019
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  • Linus Tech Tips
    Linus Tech Tips  7 days ago +443

    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 or join the Slack group at

    • Maggie McFee
      Maggie McFee 5 days ago

      @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

    • Crushed Luminary
      Crushed Luminary 5 days ago

      So... this is an advanced Epirb/PLB system?

    • Hime Naaa
      Hime Naaa 6 days ago

      i wanted email them but seeing my nation people i need think twice since the early warning tsunami system has been broken and not repaired at all until now, or some people really needs the money even they stealing the safety device then broke them and get all everything that can be selled on junk shop to get money

    • Michael MacDonald
      Michael MacDonald 6 days ago

      Can i buy these for my community?

    • ImAManMann
      ImAManMann 6 days ago

      @lee x I left a message already on this thread about how the duck thing is a stolen idea. The gotenna guys are only one of the places who have come up with this kind of thing, in fact about 5 years ago I heard an interview from the inventor of gotenna where he talked about the mesh network capability and that there are legal restrictions that keep them from doing certain things related to mesh networks so this idea is not new.

  • Levi Harris
    Levi Harris 5 hours ago +1

    At the beginning he had all his ducks in a row

  • chinthor
    chinthor 12 hours ago

    "Oh, no! My Ba-looooon!" - kid from Spiderman, Playstation2

  • MC ZM
    MC ZM 21 hour ago

    Very cool! This is needed in the world.

  • N Krypto
    N Krypto Day ago +1

    7:01 , it split open

  • RC286
    RC286 Day ago

    The WiFi radio in your phone should be able to set up a similar network using ad hoc, granted one would have to know a thing or two about networking and we live in an era where most people think "WiFi" is the "Internet". I will stick to my 2m/70cm HT in an emergency, neat idea by the way but who is going to wonder around and set this network up? Might be better to develop an app and make it a mandatory push for phone manufacturers to include in firmware. Your phones WiFi module has all the necessary hardware to handle this type of network, just all down to software, and in this case, anywhere there is someone with a phone and a charged battery can become an instant node to the network, it could even be tied into the emergency broadcast system to force activate random or select phones into the emergency "duck" mode, force cell sites to become radio relay type cluster network instead of hard links via fiber and force them into a type of burst transmission that will allow sms an simple data transfers, but no voice or high bandwidth data to clear up the band space and allow all devices to connect in a time division type network. Would require an overhaul, but much more reliable, all remaining cell sites and some phones become the network, remember you are not going to loose ALL of the cell sites.

  • Dan Watt
    Dan Watt Day ago

    Nice project. I built mine back in 2012, using XMPP messaging as well as hosted a ton of disaster response information as well as Wikipedia with no images.
    It was a cool thing to try with off the shelf parts and car batteries. Glad to see someone found it worth funding. Budget should not be the determining factor in reaching people during disasters.

  • Uneventful Event

    Why doesn't the government do this under the public domain to give free internet to everyone?

  • Andrew Lofthouse

    Great idea.

  • Ian
    Ian 2 days ago


  • ZXRulezzz
    ZXRulezzz 2 days ago

    I spy a ZX Spectrum ROM font on those tiny OLED screens :)


    Pull up to school and be like “AAAY YOU WANT THE WIFI PASSWORD I GOTTCHU”

  • денис дроздов

    That hardware design (Arduino and stuff) makes me cry.
    This vid has to have a TW: "Hardware put together by codemonkeys".

  • Charlie e
    Charlie e 2 days ago +1

    However in a disaster, you may have lost your phone, the phone got wet and doesn't work, the phone battery ran out because there was no power to charge it, the phone got crushed when the building those ducks are useless.

  • Mike Loeven
    Mike Loeven 2 days ago

    I feel like adding a unfiltered text box for "other emergency" could be a mistake I can only imagine how many trolls are going to be posting messages about zombie attacks >.>

  • AAronmoto
    AAronmoto 2 days ago

    Hey Linus. You kinda just gave away the lat/ long coordinates to your office @ 4:25........... You know, that house with tens/hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of PC parts, cameras, etc. You may wanna blur that out....... just a thought.

  • HeathenHacks
    HeathenHacks 2 days ago

    0:20 Oh. I see a LoRa Board.

  • Spykersan
    Spykersan 2 days ago

    "Cluster duck"... lol!

  • Robert Senior
    Robert Senior 2 days ago

    would it not be possible to also set up a similar system with hot spots on phones ?
    like an app to where it shares your broadcasting signal with others around you to add Range to the ducks ?

  • CM Rock
    CM Rock 2 days ago

    I'm from Chile, we had the second biggest earthquake of history and this is so great help for future catastrophes

  • levi Renwick
    levi Renwick 2 days ago

    4:20 uh oh ur location

  • booger king
    booger king 2 days ago +1

    So you're limited by your phone's wifi range? Lol my phones can't even get wifi signal 25ft away from my router within the house

  • HUE Master
    HUE Master 2 days ago +1

    DO NOT TRUCK THIS END ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • Des
    Des 2 days ago

    SpaceX's Starlink sends their regards

    EVANCOOL 2 days ago

    Let us give thanks to Linus for enlightening us on a nextgen method of obtaining ketchup.

  • lilmario0
    lilmario0 2 days ago

    All cool till the prostitutes start using them for sex service.

  • Nuno Guilherme
    Nuno Guilherme 2 days ago

    Linus did an OOpSiE?????????????? Oh nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!

  • moepskie
    moepskie 2 days ago

    I like everything about the product, except that the batteries only last 12 hours. I mean, the average wide-scale disaster (flooded towns and stuff) lasts for days, if not weeks. Only having an emergency option available for 12 hours is ridiculously short when looking at the time-span of a disaster. Good luck replacing all those batteries in the middle of a disaster, with those thing being spread all over the place. The victims on the ground would not be even able to do it themselves because batteries don't grow on trees. Fix the battery issue and it'll be an amazing product.

  • Yudo Rha
    Yudo Rha 2 days ago +1

    We need to talk about the duck... *James Veitch

  • RaymBWW
    RaymBWW 2 days ago

    I know this is a silly question Linus team but what happens if the Ducks get stolen while in service in a storm/hurricane etc by 'Bad people' who destroy them or mis-use them. It is a useful Project to support.

  • BCC44
    BCC44 3 days ago

    Fantastic tech! I love this kind of content

  • rohr zange
    rohr zange 3 days ago

    1:23 so you just... float around in space?

  • Zeke Himself
    Zeke Himself 3 days ago

    So now everyone knows exactly where Linus lives...

  • Devin Jones
    Devin Jones 3 days ago

    Linus's acting is worse than most porn stars these days.

  • Eduardo Espericueta
    Eduardo Espericueta 3 days ago

    Never thought I'd see the company I work for on here, especially cause it's big blue.

  • Rube Titi
    Rube Titi 3 days ago

    Can't believe Puerto Rico was mentioned by you never thought of hearing you say that country name

  • Padankadank
    Padankadank 3 days ago

    I've watched enough of these videos to know that the map was a lie and the ducks were placed just around the building and in the parking lot. Muh immersion

  • david bass
    david bass 3 days ago

    Was there no ketchup on the burger too?

  • Scot M
    Scot M 3 days ago

    Being originally from New Orleans, Louisiana this is a fantastic idea. Now that's out of the way, who was the attractive blonde that released the balloons?

  • Lea Firebender
    Lea Firebender 3 days ago

    IBM still exists???

  • FrontalBeep
    FrontalBeep 3 days ago

    Did you guys just point (almost) a million people to a random house in Surrey British Columbia? Or is that where Linus lives? :D

  • Steve Darras
    Steve Darras 3 days ago

    You got an A&W up there? Damn I havent eaten at one for years.

  • Jon Hartway
    Jon Hartway 3 days ago

    one more stepping stone to co-operative drones that take over the world. Mwahahaha

  • Rampage Tech.
    Rampage Tech. 3 days ago

    This would be especially useful for places such as coastlines, I live in south carolina where a major storm every year is a thing and something like this would be a must. Thank you so much for this whole idea, and I cant wait for the trickle effect to reach down here!

  • Matt H
    Matt H 3 days ago


  • Andrew Spencer
    Andrew Spencer 3 days ago

    Radio hams have been doing this for a very long time using commercially available networking equipment to provide robust mesh network systems in disaster-prone areas. Not only are they used during disasters but they provide private networks for a multitude of services and functions during normal daily activities.

  • Commandblock6417
    Commandblock6417 3 days ago

    -There's no ketchup in here! Do you want to kill me?!

  • seca1
    seca1 3 days ago

    very slick system

  • Mike Soda
    Mike Soda 3 days ago

    They should of actually made the cases for these look like rubber ducks. If you just lost everything you own to a flood, it'd definitely help lighten the mood if you saw the coast guard or other agency dropping hundreds of rubber ducks into the water.

  • fabian fernandez
    fabian fernandez 3 days ago

    U can use phones radios to direct conections between phones without ANTENAS Enterprise communications in emergency as Walky talky. Everyone can be connected to others or SATÉLITES conections. 2g 3g4g5g i think 2 g is not longer distance coverages ?? Is real or not ?

  • BC
    BC 3 days ago

    "oh no, my balloon" -spiderman ps2

  • Elschka
    Elschka 3 days ago +2

    His little awkward pause after saying "clusterduck" xDDDDDDD

  • Nick Sande
    Nick Sande 4 days ago

    This.... Is a duck
    Dear god
    Theres more!

  • ZenX100
    ZenX100 4 days ago +1

    First change your aspect ratio

  • Fred D
    Fred D 4 days ago

    so it's a wifi expander optimised for I assume lower bandwidth but a higher range.

  • Jared Quick
    Jared Quick 4 days ago

    linus: send sandals please …...and socks

  • Jared Quick
    Jared Quick 4 days ago

    have you seen my duck?......want to?

  • AlphaSunking
    AlphaSunking 4 days ago

    I’m about to start university in the next 24, where are these ducks, I need that financial aid. It’s an emergency

  • cdreid9999
    cdreid9999 4 days ago

    How does noone see why these are a pretty bad idea? First : they'll float away.... quickly. Second: they cost money.. so youre going to send thousands or tens of thousands of dollars of equipment floating down the river? Money that could be used for food, water, paying first responders, helicopter fuel.. it's well intentioned but not very well thought out. And please note: most people who have access to a cell phone with wifi capability.. also probably have access to wireless internet..

  • Abdul Mu’iz Narudin

    I guess the coloring should be more striking neon color and write “HELP” OR similar relevant message so somebody unaware of this won’tthrow it away lol

  • Kibbosh
    Kibbosh 4 days ago

    AMAZING! I wish this could have been used during hurricane Michael that leveled my hometown in Florida and wiped out communications for 2 weeks.

  • Civilian
    Civilian 4 days ago

    "This is a duck."
    "Dear God."
    "There's more."

  • Zephyrian
    Zephyrian 4 days ago


  • XFourty7
    XFourty7 4 days ago

    One giant LAN for everyone?! This seems like an amazing way for an entire community's devices get infected..
    Just what I need during a disaster. Seriously... wtf.

  • LoneWolf animations
    LoneWolf animations 4 days ago

    and if your phone isnt waterproof and your stuck in your house?

  • Mikko Salovaara
    Mikko Salovaara 4 days ago

    I'll take 400 of those.

  • Avieshek
    Avieshek 4 days ago

    The Donald Duck we deserve.

  • 00WolfSpirit
    00WolfSpirit 5 days ago +2

    This was actually really interesting. And that’s such an amazing emergency tool. Kudos to them.

  • TheOneIsMemeMe
    TheOneIsMemeMe 5 days ago

    How many connections can a single duck handle? If cell networks get overwhelmed, it seems reasonable the ducks could get overwhelmed as well.
    Also what's to stop looters from stealing the ducks? I know they aren't worth a lot, but looters are usually the "grab first, appraise later" kind of people.

  • 井上ましろ
    井上ましろ 5 days ago +1

    Mesh duck networking

  • Death OfTime
    Death OfTime 5 days ago

    looks like that bush in the background has gone feral. might want to trim it before it eats someone

  • throwaway acc
    throwaway acc 5 days ago +1

    LMG taking risks talking about their office location 😮

    • Aidan Frost
      Aidan Frost 3 days ago

      Not really. They listed it on google maps...

  • Octoberdaze
    Octoberdaze 5 days ago

    Did you recover the balloons?

  • Rimon *
    Rimon * 5 days ago

    Free Food

  • Chris Gibbs
    Chris Gibbs 5 days ago

    Been boycotting linus tech tips ever since they attempted to sue other channels for using the same benchmark software as them

    • Chris Gibbs
      Chris Gibbs 5 days ago

      @Linus Tech Tips Yes that does and that makes alot of sense, I don't know why people were claiming otherwise if this is all that happened, sorry for accusing just wanted the full info and wanted to change back to loving this channel, thank you for taking time to explain it to me and I will become a full viewer of every video once again, appreciate it!

    • Linus Tech Tips
      Linus Tech Tips  5 days ago +1

      Our MCN was automatically flagging content with the ContentID system. We found out and had them fix the problem a few days (including a weekend) after we found out about it.
      No one was sued. No one received a copyright strike. Content ID claims can be reversed (including getting the adsense money back) with minimal hassle. We just weren't aware of the issue.
      Hope that clears things up for you.

    • Chris Gibbs
      Chris Gibbs 5 days ago

      @Linus Tech Tips Ok what did happen? And why were other channel's saying this? Or can I get a link to a video that explains it?

    • Linus Tech Tips
      Linus Tech Tips  5 days ago +1

      Lol. Never happened. We addressed this nonsense ages ago.

  • kleavenae
    kleavenae 5 days ago

    Water isolates WiFi, so I'm not sure if this would work in a flood

  • Jamal Taylor
    Jamal Taylor 5 days ago

    I don't think that'll ever get old.
    But nice to see science & tech being developed for good.
    One thing that would be cool is if these ducks actually floated. They could be left as beacons in clean or contaminated water sources to let people home in on or avoid them, respectively.

  • Jay Rock
    Jay Rock 5 days ago

    that would work awesome in a campground that has no cell phone service or wifi and yes there is places in canada that doesn't have neither.

  • jamie yeet
    jamie yeet 5 days ago's an internet connection

  • pilotpig
    pilotpig 5 days ago

    i thought they were vapes

  • Piratekiller99
    Piratekiller99 5 days ago

    why didn't you put a light robe (nylon or something) on the air duck? ^^
    just tie it to something and let it rest 50m up in the air :)

  • Wizzbit gxs
    Wizzbit gxs 5 days ago

    Funny, I created something like that about 4 years ago, But with ESP8266 modules. They made an own network to cover distance and connectivity, when one lost connectio, it automaticly searched the closed device to reconnect to maintain the network to the raspberries. Only i didn't k
    new about lora back then :) The main purpose was to control lights in a very large bird enviroment ;) But this purpose is just awesome! Keep up the good work #project-owl!

  • Joeri Damian
    Joeri Damian 5 days ago

    LoRa also doesn't allow much data. But it is really usefull but necassary for people who want to work with it. LoRa ranges vary useally far futher then 400meters to be fair.

  • Big Blue
    Big Blue 5 days ago

    3:05 We all know where your head was there.....

  • Balkid
    Balkid 5 days ago

    Will they allow to watch porn in the apocolypse?

  • jDally987
    jDally987 5 days ago +1

    Totally thought this was gonna be about rubber duck debugging in programming

  • Anton Kovalenko
    Anton Kovalenko 5 days ago

    Is Linus surrounded by drop resistant floors now?

  • M H
    M H 5 days ago

    Dock could save your life.

    Gets killed instantly by a random falling duck.

  • I Got Dibz Gaming
    I Got Dibz Gaming 5 days ago

    Holy hell man enough with the quoty fingers

  • Austin Thompson
    Austin Thompson 5 days ago

    this is why i really love technology and people being creative. it's not all about ordering food, swiping, and wasting time with mobile games. This shit actually saves lives. Props to IBM and the team for sponsoring and influencing people to use their knowledge for good!

  • Arthur Arcturus
    Arthur Arcturus 5 days ago

    cool how do you recharge your phone to connect to it :D

  • Kenneth Phang
    Kenneth Phang 5 days ago

    Did IBM tell us what happen if the mama duck is down? How long does the battery last? Does it run on a solar solution? Lastly sorry but sad IBM is littering! Assume the battery can last approx one year whose gonna retrieve the duck back and charge em?

  • Stephanie Yung
    Stephanie Yung 5 days ago

    Sponsored by IBM, dats some big boy shit

  • Kristopher Kartchner

    when your clusterfucked, grab your clusterduck!

  • diamine665
    diamine665 5 days ago

    You're not supposed to say "pull back the kimono"...

  • Mr B
    Mr B 5 days ago

    Oh Duck

    CK MONDAVI 5 days ago

    The the network that quacks

  • Andrew Ballard
    Andrew Ballard 5 days ago

    looks interesting, a deployable emergency network compatible with things most people/groups have. Nice!

  • The Apocalypse
    The Apocalypse 5 days ago

    Linus is ripped

  • A. Wilson
    A. Wilson 5 days ago

    Very cool. Is the clusterduck there to help account for how floating objects in flood waters tend to coalesce? This would be the biggest issue that I imagine these will face in that kind of disaster.