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Chip for Smartphones That Will let you see Through Walls and Clothes…I’m not Making This up

Researchers have created a chip for smartphones that will allow its users to see through walls and clothes…helping the perverts and creeps one gadget at a time….

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Superman (Photo credit: Lutz-R. Frank)

Researchers at a Texas university have designed a chip that could give smartphones the long-envied ability of comic book her Superman to see through walls, clothes or other objects.

A team at University of Texas at Dallas tuned a small, inexpensive microchip to discern a “terahertz” band of the electromagnetic spectrum.

The design works with chips made using Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor technology behind processors commonly found in personal computers, smartphones, televisions and videogame consoles.

“CMOS is affordable and can be used to make lots of chips,” electrical engineering professor Kenneth O said in a statement Friday.

“The combination of CMOS and terahertz means you could put this chip and a transmitter on the back of a cell phone, turning it into a device carried in your pocket that can see through objects.”

Read Yahoo’s story here.

What could go wrong:

- Door-to-door salesmen, politicians and Jehovah witnesses will know when you’re home

- If you live in an apartment, your neighbour will know when you’re having a party

- Your roommate will know when you have a “late night guest”

- Helicopter parents can spy on their kids

- Don’t bother going commando anymore

- You might see a ghost

Ok, I’m exaggerating.

Folks, is anyone interested in buying this chip? 

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Trends in Smartphone Ownership

If you’re a communicator/marketer, you might want to strongly consider revamping your mobile strategy. Take a look at some of the stats from Edison Research, an organization that conducts media research.  What’s to take from this: using your cell phone as a phone is soooooooooooo 1999. 

The study claims that:

- Smartphone ownership has tripled in two years. 

- 29 per cent of Americans from the age of 12 and up our increasingly turning to online radio (no surprise there)…there was a 30 per cent increase from the year before in audience.

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Mobile phone evolution Русский: Эволюция мобильных телефонов (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

• Forty-four percent of all Americans age 12 and over own a smartphone, representing half of all cell phone owners

• Six in ten (61 percent) own a portable digital media device such as a smartphone, portable MP3 player or tablet; 40 percent own an Apple device (iPod/iPhone/iPad)

• Americans age 45 and older represent the largest percentage increase in social media usage in the past year, now up to 38 percent (from 31 percent in 2011)

• Seventeen percent of all cell phone owners have listened to online radio streamed in their cars by connecting their phones to their car stereo system; this is an increase of more than 50% in the past year when only 11 percent had ever done so

• Fifteen percent are registered users of daily deals services such as Groupon and LivingSocial

The Senior Vice President of Marketing, Arbitron Inc. Bill Rose attributes the increase of online radio, or online activity for that matter, to smartphones. I haven’t had much luck listening to online radio since I have a Blackberry (go figure) but the stats are quite interesting.

Smartphones are here to stay. You can read the study here.