In spite of it being only the 18th day of 2013, there is a fair chance that this will qualify as the most gut-wrenching story we post this year.
A company in the USA has developed nanotechnology capable of being ‘sprayed’ around our natural habitat to turn trees and other flora into communications nodes on the ‘Smart Grid’. It uses arrays of thousands upon thousands of nano-capacitors which, being nanoscopic in size, can be applied to anything you can spray a tiny amount of paint onto.
And make no mistake – the technology is real and already has buyers:
I want to show you a few examples of what we’ve done with our technology – these are actual pictures from different events we’ve worked on and different projects we’ve worked on with some of our government customers… So this is a tree antenna we painted on. Within five minutes, we had this connected and transmitting VHF to an airplane 14 miles overhead – double the range we could get from a standard antenna on the ground.
This is a very interesting slide and a very important slide. This is a 1mw RFID tag. You can see our material applied to the edges of it. The people at this event could only get this RFID tag to transmit 5 feet. We were able to make that go from 5 to 700 feet.
That’s a 140 fold increase in radio range. He goes on:
What we’re talking about is a…whole paradigm change in antenna technology and what we’d like to think about is ways we can enable wireless connectivity anywhere. We’re also talking about being able to gather energy out of the atmosphere with this material. Can you imagine having cell sites painted on the walls that power themselves?
It’s one thing to poorly disguise mobile phone antennas as trees. But to actually turn trees into antennas? For a better signal?
Where we go from here is up to you…