Researchers Sent a Text Message With Vodka and a Fan

Who needs a smartphone when you can send a text message with vodka and a fan? At least, that was the question I was left with after reading about a recent project from researchers at York University. It’s not too different from smoke signals, but it’s not entirely different from drunk texting either, albeit a bit more scientific.

For the experiment, the team encoded the alphabet in evaporated alcohol which was shot across the room using a fan, then decoded using a receiver.

It’s a form of molecular communication – the same kind of system that plants and animals might use. Mastering this kind of atypical analog tool for robots who can possibly use this signaling system to understand drunkards.



Publish date: December 23, 2013 https://dev.adweek.com/digital/researchers-sent-a-text-message-with-vodka-and-a-fan/ © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT
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