The new technology Rfocus will provide better WiFi reception
American scientists have developed a new system based on thousands of tiny antennas. The result is that the average signal strength is increased tenfold.
Given everything that will fit in our gadgets, there is hardly any space for antennas, which sometimes makes it difficult to connect to wireless networks.
Now, researchers at MIT CSAIL in the United States have developed a new technology called Rfocus that is intended to improve the connection greatly.
In short, it is about replacing today’s system based on a handful of antennas with just over 3,000 minimal antennas that are positioned so that the average signal strength is increased tenfold.
The microscopic antennas should only cost a few pennies each, so the total cost will not be higher than at present. As an added bonus, energy consumption is reduced, which in turn should lead to longer battery life.
At the moment, there are only prototypes of Rfocus, so expect that it may take a couple of years before the technology is considered sufficiently mature to be used in mobile phones and other connected gadgets.