Magical Spray Makes Everything an Antenna [Video]

by Ed Caggiani on
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We’ve all had issues with cell phone reception at one point or another. Sometimes there’s just not enough cell towers to blanket an entire area, or the antenna on our phone is just too weak. If you’re sure you’re not holding it wrong, then perhaps you could use Chamtech Enterprise’s just unveiled spray-on antenna.

At Google’s inaugural Solve For X conference, the Utah-based company revealed their nanotechnology, which can be sprayed on to trees, walls, the ground, people… just about anything, to increase and improve signal reception for any variety of uses. Currently, Chamtech is working with government customers, but plans to eventually take the technology to mobile phone and medical device makers. They say it uses organic elements to tinker with magnetic and radio-frequency fields, improving mobile energy efficiency by 10 percent.  » Read the rest

Antennas App Gives Detailed Information About Your Coverage

by Michael Murphy on
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If you’ve had your phone very long at all, you probably have a pretty good idea of where you have good coverage, and where you don’t. Still, sometimes it would be nice to really have a break down of what towers you were connecting to and what kind of signal you were pulling from each one.

Enter Antennas. This app will show you what towers are in your area, which one(s) you’re connected to, and what kind of signal you’re receiving from each tower. If you’re on a 2G network, it is possible to receive info on multiple towers at once, as your signal spans across them all. For CDMA or networks that are exclusively 3G, you’re only going to get information on the one tower you are actively communicating with.

If this sounds useful, grab it from the market via the QR code below, and be sure and let us know what you think! I may be getting this one myself…

[via Panix.com]

iPhone 4 Reception Solution: Don’t Hold it That Way

by Michael Murphy on
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A LOT of people stood in line for hours today to get their hands on the hot new iPhone 4.  Yes, I know, not YOU – you rock your Android phone – but we all know that a ton of people couldn’t wait to get their hands on Apple’s newest device.  And if you’ve read anything about it at all, you’ve probably read that it tends to have issues with reception, especially if you…well, hold it:

But good news to those having problems!  Apple has acknowledged the problem, and has offered the following statement:

Gripping any mobile phone will result in some attenuation of its antenna performance, with certain places being worse than others depending on the placement of the antennas. This is a fact of life for every wireless phone. If you ever experience this on your iPhone 4, avoid gripping it in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band, or simply use one of many available cases.

Basically, “You’re doing it wrong…don’t hold it that way.”  And just in case that isn’t what you took from that statement…

Note that’s an email from Jobsy himself. I am sure they have the best of intentions, and I will not pretend that this phone is the only phone that’s ever had such a problem, but had I bought one I couldn’t help but feel like they were blaming me when this is really a design issue.

Reports indicate that the cases for sale do actually help a lot, so at least there’s a solution, but it hurts that the only solution is to buy an accessory.

[via engadget]

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