India is a world leader in the move towards an internet of things (IoT) economy, with an expected market share of 5% of the global IoT industry by 2020. That’s a total cash value of $15 billion. To achieve this, though, Indian businesses must leapfrog older technologies and focus only on the most cutting-edge advancements. One such innovation is the spray on
Where Have Spray on Antennas Come From?
It was researchers at Drexel University’s College of Engineering who were looking into nanomaterials technology, when they had a sudden breakthrough. Nanomaterial engineering involves using chemical substrates on a tiny scale. At this size, these materials show new characteristics, such as super strength.
This means that older technology can not only be made smaller, but more powerful as well. Consider that an iPhone contains technology which is millions of times faster than the computers that NASA used to land men on the moon. Businesses must keep up with this latest university research in order to create a profitable IoT enterprise.
How Do The Antennas Work?
As the name suggests, adding one of these new antennas to an object is as easy as putting on deodorant or sun lotion. Simply point and spray. The liquid is made up of a titanium carbide compound known as MXenes, which is dissolved in water. This is then sprayed onto an object and left to dry. Once the water dissolves, the conductive metal, which is just a few atoms in thickness, remains. It is hardly visible, yet contains all that is needed to connect an item to the internet.
This antenna can then be sprayed on everyday objects such as fridges, watches or cars. Theoretically, you could attach it to a wristband and control every item in your house from anywhere. Despite being incredibly thin, MXenes have exceptional connectivity, so it can transmit radio waves more effectively than any other antenna material.
What Does This Mean for Indian Businesses?
Nanomaterials exist to increase an object’s value, while lowering costs to the producer. Spray on antennas are almost invisible, so they add no weight in the way your old TV satellite did. The cost of installation is therefore incredibly low, but solves many of the problems of heavier connectivity devices. If India wants to become the world leader in IoT and prepare itself for the future of technology, then embracing these new discoveries is essential.
Nanotechnology is set to be a game changer and with IoT and smarthomes becoming mainstream, new discoveries are being made all the time. The spray on antenna is just one example of technology that Indian businesses should look out for. These ingenious inventions could make increased connectivity easy, fast and cheap. That means more value for customers and greater profit margins for businesses.