When you think about transferring data, you think about either WiFi or Bluetooth (or infrared if you’re old like me). But a team at the University of Washington have found a way to transfer small amounts of information through the human body rather than over the air.
As the researchers put it in their paper, the human holds two devices - one in each hand. And using the low-frequency electromagnetic transmissions generated by the touch pad of a laptop or a fingerprint sensor, they can use that to transfer small amounts of data.
That unlocks fascinating opportunities both figuratively and literally - you could unlock car doors and smart homes with this small amount of electricity.
That means a new level of security beyond bluetooth locks.
And while you’re not going to be transferring full movies anytime soon (scientists were able to get a data rate of 50 bits per second with laptop touch pads and 25 bits with fingerprint sensors), this is still an incredible achievement.
A business school in Paris will start using facial recognition technology, to make sure students are paying attention in class… Wave goodbye to those all-important lecture naps!
Don’t trust that fitness tracker data… While most are good at measuring heart rate, research shows they are poor at measuring calories burned.
Are humans really the best cops? Dubai will find out by 2030, as they plan to install the first ever human-free police station.
Is that touchpad too small for you? Well, this spray - called Electrick - is here to help, adding touch sensitivity to any surface with a spritz.
The fake news problem goes all the way to the top (unsurprisingly), as Facebook casually admitted in a whitepaper that their social network is fertile ground for “subtle and insidious forms of misuse, including attempts to manipulate civic discourse and deceive people.”
Remember the classic Tomb Raider? Well, a group of hackers are working to help you relive your childhood with a version of the original that works in your browser!
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