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February 14, 2012

Researchers at the military technology firm Chamtech have developed a special aerosol spra...

Researchers at the military technology firm Chamtech have developed a special aerosol spray-on antenna that could replace traditional radio antennas

Soon, you may be able to correct your cell phone's signal problems by spraying on an antenna. Researchers at the military technology firm Chamtech have developed a special aerosol spray that can essentially add an antenna to whatever it's sprayed on and improve the network coverage in the area.

The spray essentially covers a surface with thousands of nanocapacitors. Those nanocapacitors align themselves on the surface, and create a wireless antenna for the devices located in the area. The idea is essentially the nanocapactitors take care of all of the hard work involved in finding a wireless signal, making it easier for your phone or tablet to get connected and stay connected to a network.

The solution could be used on things like buildings and trees to boost the signal for a specific area, or could be sprayed directly on the antenna of a cell phone, a move ChamTech claims would boost the phone's signal by 10 percent.

The company ultimately sees the technology replacing some traditional antennas, eliminating the need for some of the often unsightly towers we use today. Initial tests have the spray-on technology often providing even better signal results than those traditional antennas, often making the spray-on option dramatically more efficient.

You can order a Spray on Antenna Kit now from ChamTech, although the company requires you call for specific pricing for the kit.

Source: ChamTech via The Verge


We be nice to see independant third party verification of their claims. Saw the CEO's presentation on Google's Solve for X and half the information he said about RF signals didn't make sense or were confusing

Rocky Stefano
15th February, 2012 @ 05:54 am PST

And I'm breathing in nanocapacitors as I spray them on? Excellent ;-)

15th February, 2012 @ 08:37 am PST

As free online education (and textbooks for e-readers) is now being offered from several countries, this sort of innovation becomes more important. Making sure children (and adults) from around the world are offered the opportunity of learning about medical and technological advances may allow a higher quality of life in the long term.

15th February, 2012 @ 04:58 pm PST

This is a great invention, world changing perhaps.

As for breathing in nanocapacitors - you simply wear painter's mask suitable to filter out the size of particle involved, cost is about $1 to $3 per mask. Much cheaper than building an antenna tower.

17th February, 2012 @ 07:32 pm PST

Coming soon - nanoparticle-enhanced snake-oil...... just send money.

Pat O'Leary
18th February, 2012 @ 12:03 am PST
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