Research: Future Smartphones looking through walls
avril 20, 2012
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Team Finds New Possibilities in Untapped Terahertz Range With Implications For a Host of Devices
Dr. Kenneth O, director of the Texas Analog Center of Excellence and Dae Yeon Kim
Comic book hero superpowers may be one step closer to reality after the latest technological feats made by researchers at UT Dallas. They have designed an imager chip that could turn mobile phones into devices that can see through walls, wood, plastics, paper and other objects.
“We’ve created approaches that open a previously untapped portion of the electromagnetic spectrum for consumer use and life-saving medical applications,” said Dr. Kenneth O, professor of electrical engineering at UT Dallas and director of the Texas Analog Center of Excellence(TxACE). “The terahertz range is full of unlimited potential that could benefit us all.”
Using the new approach, images can be created with signals operating in the terahertz (THz) range without having to use several lenses inside a device. This could reduce overall size and cost.
The second advance that makes the findings applicable for consumer devices is the technology used to create the microchip. Chips manufactured using CMOS (Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor) technology form the basis of many consumer electronic devices used in daily life such as personal computers, smart phones, high definition TV and game consoles.
Just another possible health hazard, there seems no doubt taking our failure by design money system into account, this invention will get sooner or later into the market without any prior health/environment check, as it is the rule. Victims will have a very hard time to prove their problems against a mighty industry, with nearly unlimited cash.
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The University of Dallas Texas – New Research Could Mean Cellphones That Can See Through Walls
Der Standard – Forscher entwickeln Smartphones, die durch Wände sehen – Röntgenblick