A team of boffins at the University of Tokyo have developed a special paint, which they fancy could do away with the need for online security provisions like firewalls and antivirus protection by actually blocking Wi-Fi signals. Interestingly, the paint also puts the kybosh on mobile phone signals, too.
Shin-ichi Ohkoshi, University of Tokyo, reckons that one practical use of his invention would be to block use of mobile phones in cinemas. But why stop there, Okoshi, San? Why not apply it in libraries and art galleries? And how about using it to ensure that quiet carriages in trains actually stay quiet, too?
We’ll tell you why not. Can you imagine the size of the legal furore that could erupt if someone missed an emergency call, regarding for instance, a wife going into labour? Or if they didn’t receive a call from a broker instructing them to sell some tumbling shares sharpish? We can. And it’s not pretty.
For this reason and this alone, we’re predicting that we’ll be stuck with irksome phone chatterers for a while yet.
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