As I’m writing, I feel as if we’re headed into the twilight zone. Let me get right to the point. WI-FI has had a tremendous (positive) effect in our daily lives. We use it for our tablets, laptops, desktops, phones, PDA’s, build entire wireless networks, Internet radio, games….just to mention a few things. This technology has completely changed the way we function as a society. I just came across an experiment which undoubtedly will unveil the ugly side of WI-FI.
The experiment was to see if the breathing of patients in a hospital could be monitored by a WI-FI network. It turned out to be very effective in doing just that. “The network was able to accurately estimate a person’s breathing rate to within 0.4 breaths per minute”. In other words, it was accurate enough to measure fluctuations caused by individual breaths. “WOW”
After a revision of today’s breathing monitoring methods, doubts arose to overshadow the unbelievable outcome of the experiment. The problem stems from the fact that outside of measuring the persons breathing, WI-FI was unable to measure the amount of carbon dioxide in exhaled gases. This in better handled through conventional methods such as the use of a mask with tubes going down each nostril. In addition, wireless monitoring would significantly increase the amount of radio waves in hospitals.
Now here is the dark side!!!
Based on the above statements this will not be used in medicine. Then what else can it be used for? Since radio signals at Wi-Fi frequencies are able to penetrate walls, “a wireless network set up outside a home could track people as they move from room to room. With this new level of precision, a system tailored for surveillance could spy on people as they move around a hotel room, for example, or even discern whether they are resting on a couch or in bed.” For further reading click here
Your daily food for thought!