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

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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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  • 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

    Linus Tech TipsLinus Tech Tips5 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

      Maggie McFeeMaggie McFee3 days ago
    • So... this is an advanced Epirb/PLB system?

      Crushed LuminaryCrushed Luminary3 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

      Hime NaaaHime Naaa3 days ago
    • Can i buy these for my community?

      Michael MacDonaldMichael MacDonald3 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.

      ImAManMannImAManMann3 days ago
  • 0:20 Oh. I see a LoRa Board.

    HeathenHacksHeathenHacksHour ago
  • "Cluster duck"... lol!

    SpykersanSpykersan3 hours 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 ?

    Robert SeniorRobert Senior3 hours ago
  • I'm from Chile, we had the second biggest earthquake of history and this is so great help for future catastrophes

    CM RockCM Rock3 hours ago
  • 4:20 uh oh ur location

    levi Renwicklevi Renwick3 hours ago
  • 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

    booger kingbooger king5 hours ago
  • DO NOT TRUCK THIS END ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

    HUE MasterHUE Master5 hours ago
  • SpaceX's Starlink sends their regards

    DesDes5 hours ago
  • Let us give thanks to Linus for enlightening us on a nextgen method of obtaining ketchup.

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

    lilmario0lilmario06 hours ago
  • Linus did an OOpSiE?????????????? Oh nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!

    Nuno GuilhermeNuno Guilherme6 hours 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.

    moepskiemoepskie8 hours ago
  • We need to talk about the duck... *James Veitch

    Yudo RhaYudo Rha8 hours 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.

    RaymBWWRaymBWW9 hours ago
  • Fantastic tech! I love this kind of content

    BCC44BCC4410 hours ago
  • 1:23 so you just... float around in space?

    rohr zangerohr zange12 hours ago
  • So now everyone knows exactly where Linus lives...

    Zeke HimselfZeke Himself13 hours ago
  • Linus's acting is worse than most porn stars these days.

    Devin JonesDevin Jones14 hours ago
  • Never thought I'd see the company I work for on here, especially cause it's big blue.

    Eduardo EspericuetaEduardo Espericueta18 hours ago
  • Can't believe Puerto Rico was mentioned by you never thought of hearing you say that country name

    Rube TitiRube Titi20 hours 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

    PadankadankPadankadank22 hours ago
  • Was there no ketchup on the burger too?

    david bassdavid bass22 hours 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?

    Scot MScot M23 hours ago
  • IBM still exists???

    Lea FirebenderLea FirebenderDay 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

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

    Steve DarrasSteve DarrasDay ago
  • one more stepping stone to co-operative drones that take over the world. Mwahahaha

    Jon HartwayJon HartwayDay 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!

    Rampage Tech.Rampage Tech.Day ago
  • Matt HMatt HDay 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.

    Andrew SpencerAndrew SpencerDay ago
  • -There's no ketchup in here! Do you want to kill me?! -Yes

    Commandblock6417Commandblock6417Day ago
  • very slick system

    seca1seca1Day 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.

    Mike SodaMike SodaDay 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 ?

    fabian fernandezfabian fernandezDay ago
  • "oh no, my balloon" -spiderman ps2

    BCBCDay ago
  • His little awkward pause after saying "clusterduck" xDDDDDDD

    ElschkaElschkaDay ago
  • This.... Is a duck Dear god Theres more! NO!

    Nick SandeNick SandeDay ago
  • First change your aspect ratio

    ZenX100ZenX100Day ago
  • so it's a wifi expander optimised for I assume lower bandwidth but a higher range.

    Fred DFred DDay ago
  • linus: send sandals please …...and socks

    Jared QuickJared QuickDay ago
  • have you seen my duck?......want to?

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

    AlphaSunkingAlphaSunkingDay 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..

    cdreid9999cdreid9999Day ago
  • 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

    Abdul Mu’iz NarudinAbdul Mu’iz NarudinDay 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.

    KibboshKibbosh2 days ago
  • "This is a duck." "Dear God." "There's more." "No."

    CivilianCivilian2 days ago
  • dank

    ZephyrianZephyrian2 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.

    XFourty7XFourty72 days ago
  • and if your phone isnt waterproof and your stuck in your house?

    LoneWolf animationsLoneWolf animations2 days ago
  • I'll take 400 of those.

    Mikko SalovaaraMikko Salovaara2 days ago
  • The Donald Duck we deserve.

    AvieshekAvieshek2 days ago
  • This was actually really interesting. And that’s such an amazing emergency tool. Kudos to them.

    00WolfSpirit00WolfSpirit2 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.

    TheOneIsMemeMeTheOneIsMemeMe2 days ago
  • Mesh duck networking

    井上ましろ井上ましろ2 days ago
  • looks like that bush in the background has gone feral. might want to trim it before it eats someone

    Death OfTimeDeath OfTime2 days ago
  • LMG taking risks talking about their office location 😮

    throwaway accthrowaway acc2 days ago
    • Not really. They listed it on google maps...

      Aidan FrostAidan Frost23 hours ago
  • Did you recover the balloons?

    OctoberdazeOctoberdaze2 days ago
  • Free Food

    Rimon *Rimon *2 days ago
  • Been boycotting linus tech tips ever since they attempted to sue other channels for using the same benchmark software as them

    Chris GibbsChris Gibbs2 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!

      Chris GibbsChris Gibbs2 days ago
    • 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.

      Linus Tech TipsLinus Tech Tips2 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?

      Chris GibbsChris Gibbs2 days ago
    • Lol. Never happened. We addressed this nonsense ages ago.

      Linus Tech TipsLinus Tech Tips2 days ago
  • Water isolates WiFi, so I'm not sure if this would work in a flood

    kleavenaekleavenae2 days ago
  • #Clusterduck 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.

    Jamal TaylorJamal Taylor2 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.

    Jay RockJay Rock2 days ago
  •'s an internet connection

    jamie yeetjamie yeet3 days ago
  • i thought they were vapes

    pilotpigpilotpig3 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 :)

    Piratekiller99Piratekiller993 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!

    Wizzbit gxsWizzbit gxs3 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.

    Joeri DamianJoeri Damian3 days ago
  • 3:05 We all know where your head was there.....

    Big BlueBig Blue3 days ago
  • Will they allow to watch porn in the apocolypse?

    BalkidBalkid3 days ago
  • Totally thought this was gonna be about rubber duck debugging in programming

    jDally987jDally9873 days ago
  • Is Linus surrounded by drop resistant floors now?

    Anton KovalenkoAnton Kovalenko3 days ago
  • Dock could save your life. Gets killed instantly by a random falling duck.

    M HM H3 days ago
  • Holy hell man enough with the quoty fingers

    I Got Dibz GamingI Got Dibz Gaming3 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!

    Austin ThompsonAustin Thompson3 days ago
  • cool how do you recharge your phone to connect to it :D

    Arthur ArcturusArthur Arcturus3 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?

    Kenneth PhangKenneth Phang3 days ago
  • Sponsored by IBM, dats some big boy shit

    Stephanie YungStephanie Yung3 days ago
  • when your clusterfucked, grab your clusterduck!

    Kristopher KartchnerKristopher Kartchner3 days ago
  • You're not supposed to say "pull back the kimono"...

    diamine665diamine6653 days ago
  • Oh Duck

    Mr BMr B3 days ago
  • The the network that quacks

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

    Andrew BallardAndrew Ballard3 days ago
  • Linus is ripped

    The ApocalypseThe Apocalypse3 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.

    A. WilsonA. Wilson3 days ago
  • All those ducks in a row.

    Bobbydog66Bobbydog663 days ago
  • He talks like Mr. Beast

    Tales GrimmTales Grimm3 days ago
  • very nice ..............good job guys

    Mohammad Al-hajjMohammad Al-hajj3 days ago
  • i cant imagine how dumping these in flood water would move them around to where they need to be. they would all end up together or too far apart. Only realistic approach is to have them in designated locations to cover the city, might as well put them their in advance and give them solar power. Maybe a few capacitors to avoid using the battery during the day and have it shut off at night and only use the battery if the system is told there is a likely emergency in the next 24 hours. would keep the battery from degrading and the system would be ready to use unless an emergency/weather system literally appears out of nowhere. worst case, the system would be off until first light. but better then replacing tons of batteries and keeps costs lower?

    Jessie JansonJessie Janson3 days ago
  • Love the product, love the idea, at 7:11 Linus looks like "The Great Cornholio"

    Randall DeckerRandall Decker3 days ago
  • 8:37 if you lose your disaster tents they're probably at Fyre festival

    martyfriedman666martyfriedman6663 days ago
  • Why doesn’t the intro say “LinusDuckTips”??

    p7r0x7p7r0x73 days ago
  • Huh... I live a few blocks away. Neat!

    Meep MasterMeep Master3 days ago
  • All it needs is some RGB

    SuperQBoiSuperQBoi3 days ago
  • These "duck" gadgets assume that people in distress have working cell phones with charged batteries, an unwarranted assumption. During a disaster it is most likely that electric power will not be available and most cell phone owners have no power banks, emergency generators or solar battery chargers.

    Milosz OstrowMilosz Ostrow3 days ago
  • So they are Mother Duckers?

    Rex KennyRex Kenny3 days ago
  • Ducc

    Twizzler WizzlerTwizzler Wizzler3 days ago
  • This is what the 1:11 video mark view looks like with out the flooding. Google maps street view:,-95.4189886,3a,75y,260.28h,87.45t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1skuVCa1fcB86UC00lZ0oJCA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

    tyleringram87tyleringram873 days ago
  • 1:56: Good save Linus.

    Mike JacksonMike Jackson3 days ago

    StaticRStaticR3 days ago
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