If an engineering professor gets his way, then we can stop worrying about a robot or zombie takeover and start considering the implications of our cell phones' true power.
As reported in MobileMag, a University of Texas at Dallas electrical engineering professor and director of the Texas Analog Center of Excellence, Dr. Kenneth O, has developed a chip that can be fitted for cell phones and broadcast terahertz, or THz, waves.
In plain English? It means cell phones can be capable of radiation imaging, or x-ray power.
And if you've ever felt uneasy walking through the controversial TSA body scanners in American airports - which instantly create a full body image beneath your clothing for security checks - than perhaps this development will be way too close to home.
Another researcher, Dr. Boian Alexandrov, says that these waves actually destroy human DNA in unzipping the helix strand. Which brings up the next scary bit: that these waves could be fatal, and lead to cancer and other illnesses.
So how easy is it to enable a phone this way?
“The combination of CMOS and terahertz means you could put this chip and a transmitter on the back of a cellphone, turning it into a device carried in your pocket that can see through objects,” said Dr. O, who plans to limit the distant range to four inches for privacy concerns.
Mobile x-rays accessible from our pockets: Is that private enough for you, when your entire body is at stake?