Open Garden, one of the finalists at TechCrunch Disrupt New York last year, just launched the newest version of its Android, Mac and Windows app that makes sharing your mobile Internet connections easier.
It shares an internet connection with other devices, using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. The goal of Open Garden is to share the last mile and promote the openness of wireless networks.
It automatically creates a mesh network between all the Open Garden-enabled devices and picks the fastest connection to route traffic. Their Open Garden Mesh Protocol enables people to create their own network.
The new version can also create a multi-hop network, meaning there could be multiple phones or laptops in between you and the final Internet on-ramp on the mesh network. If one phone is connected to Wi-Fi, for example, other phones can then use this connection to offload their 3G and 4G bandwidth through this one phone or laptop.