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After Peter Celinski, a then-novice skier, followed his two fearless children down Whistler Mountain in Canada, he realized he couldn’t communicate with them as they zipped ahead. Even if his family had walkie talkies, they’d be of little use while skiing. So Celinski, CEO of Loose Cannon Systems, created Milo “to provide connectivity for outdoor adventurers.” With six background noise-reducing microphones, the hands-free communications device connects groups of people over an encrypted mesh network across distances up to 2,000 feet between each user. No need to push a button, hold a phone, wait for a WiFi or cell signal or download yet another app. Just clip it on your body (or bike) and get moving.

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