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Spray-on Antenna Offers Low-Power Wireless Anywhere

by Adriana Lee | February 14, 2012

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Though it’s not exactly eco-friendly, it does seem like all the best stuff comes from pressurized cans. You can get almost anything from those little nozzles, including paint, cheese, foam, whipped cream, tans, hair spray and even fake hair. So is it any wonder that the time has come for a spray-on, nano antenna in a can, too?

The idea is the brainchild of Chamtech Enterprises, which unveiled its unique offering just last week at Google’s Solve for X forum. We’ve already seen concepts for spray-on solar cells, and this follows along the same line: Just spray on the nano antenna — anywhere from trees and walls, to fabric or even onto existing antennas inside devices — to boost transmission or reception. The material is organic, with properties that can affect magnetic fields and radio frequencies. It’s not only lightweight and operable under water, but it’s also incredibly energy efficient too. According to CTO Rhett Spencer, this sprayable antenna can even boost the energy efficiency of mobiles by 10 percent.

What’s amazing is how well this seems to work. It’s not often that real-world tests for product concepts actually exceed expectations and goals, and judging by CEO Anthony Suterra’s Solve for X presentation (below), this looks like an amazing innovation. Sadly, it looks like Chamtech could be destined for government applications, but hopefully it won’t be too long before we start seeing it in consumer electronics. So if you’ve ever dreamed of excellent reception from a device, along with better battery life, you’ll want to keep your eyes on this technology.

For more, check out the vid.

[via Engadget]

 

 

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Adriana Lee

Adriana is the resident writer-slash-culture vulture who has written about everything from smartphones, tablets, apps, accessories, and small biz...Adriana is the resident writer-slash-culture vulture who has written about everything from smartphones, tablets, apps, accessories, and small biz...


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