Researchers of NASA have developed the Wi-Fi chip for wearable devices and smart phones.This chip is very helpful in less power consumption 100times than the traditional methods and extend the battery life of device.Adrian Tang, a researcher at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and Mau-Chung Frank Chang, a professor at UCLA created this Wi-Fi chip.
This chip work as it reflects the constant signal instead of generating its own original signal.Data is imprinted on the signal when it’s reflected, so the main bulk of hard work is taken care of by a specialised router. So it is faster and also consumes less power.
Researchers claim to have around 2.5 metres (8 feet), the team managed to get a data transfer speed of around reached the speed of 330 megabits per second while transferring files using this technology.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory researcher, Adrian Tang said,”The idea is if the wearable device only needs to reflect the Wi-Fi signal from a router or cell tower, instead of generate it, the power consumption can go way down (and the battery life can go way up).”
he also said, “Because you need to determine which of the reflected signals coming from the device, and that is noise, and get rid of the latter.”
UCLA and NASA have signed an agreement on joint ownership of the idea, and are in talks with a commercial partner to help bring the technology to market. Also, researchers will try to apply technology to save electricity in space.