If you thought your cell phone’s capability to replace the pre-packaged ringtones with real songs was amazing, wait till you hear this! (This is the year 2003, isn’t it?) Though it probably won’t immediately be available for smartphones owned by the public, the technology may soon exist for handheld electronic devices to see through solid objects. But don’t you call them X-rays, cause that shit’s played.
Tiny and affordable microchips radiating terahertz waves (T-rays) are the next evolutionary step in the human race becoming an army of Supermen. The next step is obviously fashionable exo-underwear. Bringing the terahertz frequency’s potential into practical use was the project of Ali Hajimiri, Professor of Electrical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology, along with postdoctoral scholar Kaushik Sengupta, as reported in the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits. They used the complimentary metal oxide semiconductor technology used to make the microchips in many common electronics, designing silicon chips that fit on the tip of a pinky finger, but are fully-functional at operating within the terahertz frequencies. Hajimiri says it’s “the same low-cost, integrated-circuit technology that’s used to make the microchips found in our cell phones and notepads today,” and that the chip “operates at nearly 300 times their speed.” He says it so simplistically that it makes me wonder why monkeys with typewriters haven’t written a teleplay in which the technology is invented.