Invention: The Wallpaper Wi-Fi Protector
Businesses offering free Wi-Fi in exchange for custom need no longer fear the use of their internet connections from afar; a French educational facility has invented just the thing.
The new innovation has emerged from the Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble allowing office managers and ΓÇô if they choose ΓÇô homeowners the ability to protect themselves from free Wi-Fi invasion through the walls.
A small electronic device? A signal disruptor on the roof? Au contraire. ItΓÇÖs in the wallpaper.
The new creation can be pasted over the walls to block a wandering Wi-Fi signal. And it doesnΓÇÖt interfere with radio or mobile phone signals, meaning that businesses can benefit from the best of both worlds and ensure that their secure connection cannot be used off premises.
Similar products have been designed before ΓÇô most notably by BAE Systems ΓÇô but theyΓÇÖve never been made available for purchase by the general public. The Institut, on the other hand, has already granted rights to a Finnish company for mass production.
The smart wallpaper goes on sale next year, when users will be able to purchase the averagely priced decoration and ΓÇô if they donΓÇÖt like the silver pattern ΓÇô are able to paint or wallpaper over the top without damaging the clever device.
It is expected that while homeowners may not see the need, businesses who offer staff or paying customers exclusive Wi-Fi access could significantly benefit and help to make this new invention a widespread success.
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