I was talking with Tom McGlew in his office the other day and he was showing me some cool concepts with nanotechnology and phones. Nokia has a concept phone, Morph, that is just plain cool that in maybe seven to ten years they will be able to produce. You can wear it, fold it, bend it, stretch it out, change colors, it senses things, takes pictures, flat buttons become 3-D buttons, it charges by solar power, lots of other neat things.

Pretty cool if half of it becomes real. In the concept video they show the lady checking the ripeness of her peach. She waves her phone near the peach; they magnify the phone by 100,000X and show molecules intersecting with nano-sensors. I am sure some people would say this is far fetched. But not so, for that technology is here now. In fact at the Third Annual Nanotechnology Symposium, presented by the Arizona Nanotechnology Cluster, the keynote speaker was Brad Bushwell, Chief of Staff of the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate. He spoke about how the Department of Homeland Security is working with all the major phone makers to put in nano-sensors to detect hazardous biological and gas particles. The theory is if every cell phone had nano-detectors for one to three hazardous or life-threatening toxins, that when a large group of people gather at a movie, mall, concert, etc., the cell phones that are on would be able to detect a terrorist act and alert homeland security via the phones built-in GPS radio. It would have to be more than one phone to set off the alert, as these toxins are in are air in very small quantities. All of this will be unnoticed by the cell phone users. Whenever the phone is on, it is detecting. This is how nanotech and cell phones would be looking out for everyone. So, coming soon to a phone near you, sensors to detect dangers! There are some things that we are finding nano can do that it is almost beyond imagination.

Mark Viquesney