Your Future Smartphone Could Boast X-ray Capabilities

April 20, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have an X-ray on your gadget, as you see in the science fiction movies?  How about having vision like Superman?

Stop dreaming. You might soon be able to stop wondering and experience it for yourself, very soon. A team from the University of Texas has made a chip that can allow your phone or tablet to see through the walls.

The chip was developed by using a Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) technology. This will enable the chip to detect frequencies in the terahertz band of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Prof. Kenneth O, an electrical engineering professor leading the team has been quoted as saying that the CMOS chip is very affordable and can be viably produced on a massive scale.

He explained the combination of CMOS and terahertz means you will be able to put this chip and receiver on the back of a cell phone, turning it into a portable X-ray machine that can be carried in your pocket.

The technology would enable you to see through materials like walls and even wood. This could mean that when CMOS technology is integrated on your smartphone, it can be used to detect chinks in walls and help businesses detect counterfeit money too.

On an advanced level, this technology also can help in aiding the medical sector as doctors will be able to diagnose diseases without relying on costly MRI scans or potentially malicious X-rays.

In short, it can be used onby many other market sectors other than the smartphone. To defend the privacy concerns likely to arise with the technology, researchers have limited the range of sensor to less than four inches.

Hopefully it will not be long when the X-ray feature will be fashionable on all the high-end gizmos. Stay tuned.

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