Do you constantly lose cell phone reception, but do not want to buy a bulky antenna extender that eats up your battery? There's good news for you. Military tech firm Chamtech has developed a spray-on cell phone antenna.
Chamtech revealed their new technology at Google's "Solve for X" event, which focuses on "radical technology ideas to solve the world's problems."
According to Gizmodo, the details of how the aerosol based spray works is a military secret, but what was revealed was that the spray contains several noncapacitors which align themselves to improve cell reception. The company tested the spray on an iPhone and boosted the signal by 10%.
It was also revealed that they tested the spray on a tree, and were able to send a VHF signal up to 14 miles away using only the treated tree. The spray can also be used underwater.
Chamtech is based in Sandy, Utah and was founded by Anthony Sutera and Kristin Raffone-Vasquez. Sutera believes the spray has a variety of practical uses, including being "used by weather and oceanographic researchers, underwater welders, rescue workers, military special operatives in the field, airlines, and by manufacturers of cars, phones, TVs, radios and other consumer electronics."
Sutera and his team of developers created the spray in his living room two years ago.
In a Wall Street Journal article, Chamtech's chief tech officer Rhett Spencer said this after pointing out that traditional antennas " suck up energy, drain battery life and get too hot":
Each month, the energy savings that would impart are equal to as much power as all of wind and solar power is generated annually, in the U.S. We’d do that 12 times over.
Spencer suggests that the spray can be placed almost anywhere, turning anything from buildings to trees into effective antennas.