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'Cloaking Device' Could Improve Cell Phone Call Quality

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Jan 15, 2009, 2:41 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Scientists working on a way to bend light waves in order to cloak objects have stumbled onto another use for the technology. Duke University's David Smith, one of the researchers, said, "Cloaking technology could be used to make obstacles that impede communications signals 'disappear.'" Simply put, this technology could help cell phone signals avoid solid objects that stand in their way and become more "visible" to antennas receiving the signal. The technology involved uses a man-made substance called a meta-material. Duke's meta-material consists of 10,000 pieces of fiberglass arranged in a parallel pattern on a circuit board. The researchers said the technology is a long way from being able to actually make visible objects disappear.

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Jan 15, 2009, 3:16 PM

Remember now...

...Klingons are vulnerable when this device deactivated!!!

maybe... but they'll kick your butt!
but they"ll experience greater cell phone coverage! seems like a fair trade off. Laughing

Jan 15, 2009, 8:57 PM

won't the romulans be angry?

I thought the threaty of algeron forbids us from devoping this kind of thing.
Ha, ha, way funny. I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought of the Star Trek connection.
This just proves that science fiction is indeed a precurser to the reality of the future.

Jan 15, 2009, 6:35 PM

But they already have this technology.....

It was used in all of the predator movies, maybe i just dont undetstand.... Eh?
Jrockemsockem said:
It was used in all of the predator movies, maybe i just dont undetstand.... Eh?

You are exactly right! I will explain it to you.

Unfortnately at the time the movie came out, the predator was ...

Jan 16, 2009, 9:50 AM

Cell-Phones VS. Predator

Bending light is nothing new. Predator started it in 1987 and gave Arnold Schwarzenegger a run for his money. Romulans and Klingons can only do it in space. Predator is capable of "cloaking" anywhere. Cell-phones beware!!!! Surprised

Jan 15, 2009, 3:59 PM

And also coming soon in the future....

Flying Cars!
Cars that drive themselves!
Small Pills that you can eat one of, and it takes the place of an entire meal!
Time Machines!

Very Happy
lmao sc2.

i still play starcraft one. mainly just UMS for ww2 and diplo games though.
Don't forget Duke Nukem Forever. Cool Laughing

Jan 15, 2009, 3:13 PM

The I-Spy Phone

So I could get reception but not fnid the phone?


The large concrete buildings blocking signal would be made invisible?

I can see it now...
Lawsuits from people driving/walking into buildings because they were invisible.
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