HELSINKI, January 24, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --
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Mobile company ADAIA is announcing a partnership today with world-famous BASE jumper and wingsuit pilot Jeb Corliss. US athlete Jeb will put the rugged and virtually indestructible ADAIA smartphone through its paces as he ventures to the far corners of the globe on a series of events in 2013 - diving in Palau, jumping in Asia and Europe and while developing a large-scale project in the Nevada Desert. The secure Android smartphone is ideal for adventurers, outdoors and sports enthusiasts, as it is capable of working in any environment and over an expansive reach across the globe.
The Android handset is designed for outdoors sports activities including trekking, sailing, climbing, skiing, biking, snowboarding, paragliding, enduro motorcycling and kayaking. The smartphone will have satellite functionality where no terrestrial network is available, including a GPS search and rescue service that can call for emergency assistance. Security features are built in to the handset to provide enhanced spy-proof and hack-proof privacy.
"The ADAIA smartphone will be super valuable in far-flung corners of the world for the abilities to stay in touch and communicate through social platforms but also for safety reasons. It could be the difference between living and dying in a remote location." Jeb Corliss said. He continued, "For someone like me, when this technology exists it won't be a question of if I would want one, but when will it be available as it is an absolute necessity for people who do similar things to me."
ADAIA CEO and co-founder Heikki Sarajärvi commented, "When I destroyed my fourth smartphone last year while sailing, I knew there was a need for a durable smartphone capable of weathering the toughest environments. Bringing Jeb's talent onto the team to put our handset through its paces is vital to our business, as we get closer to bringing it to market. Jeb will demonstrate the importance and usability of features including military grade security, a top of the range navigation tracking system and an extended battery."
ADAIA is bringing a group of the world's leading international explorers and adventure athletes on board to join forces with the company and contribute to research, development and testing of the handset on upcoming expeditions. Kevin Vallely, Guinness World Record holder and one of Canada's leading adventurers, will take the phone on an 1,800 mile rowing trip through the Arctic's Northwest Passage this summer. These athletes will test the ADAIA smartphone in the harsh conditions they regularly battle outdoors including high impact, extreme cold and heat, and water.
As part of the partnership, Jeb will join the judging panel of ADAIA's Daring Dozen Competition. The Daring Dozen is a talent search seeking 12 real-life outdoor adventurists who can win their dream challenges and help road test prototype phones in locations across the globe. More information about the hunt for the Daring Dozen is here: http://a.pgtb.me/wt0sBF
ADAIA, makers of the world's first Adventure Smartphone, was born when a group of former Nokia colleagues and mobile industry pioneers came together to realize a vision for a new form of mobile communication. Athletes of all types - hikers, trekkers, skiers, sailors, divers, paragliders, bikers, skateboarders, enduro motorcyclers and extreme sports enthusiasts - who need a durable phone tough enough to withstand water, high impact, and the harshest weather conditions will soon have a secure Android smartphone that is stylish and virtually indestructible. Funded by private equity investors, ADAIA is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland with offices in Los Angeles, Vancouver, London and Dubai.
About Jeb Corliss
Hailing from Marina Del Rey, California, Jeb Corliss is one of the world's best-known BASE jumpers and wingsuit pilots. BASE stands for Building, Antenna, Span (bridges) and Earth (cliffs) - from which jumpers leap with a parachute. Wingsuits pilots wear a special jumpsuit to increase the surface area of the human body for lift for flight and currently land with parachutes. In 14 years, Corliss has made thousands of jumps, from the likes of the Eiffel Tower, Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Falls in Venezuela, the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and into a half-mile deep cave in China. Jeb's life was the subject of a documentary film, Fearless, and he's been featured in profiles and on TV including 60 Minutes in Australia, ESPN's E:60, Today, The Colbert Report, Good Morning America, and Conan to name a few.