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New ‘smart antenna’ could revolutionise phone reception

Anything that boosts the performance of a range of new age devices is always welcomed with open arms in tech communities.

So the unveiling of the “world’s smallest smart antenna” by Sofant Technologies could be just the thing to ensure that poor reception on smartphones and tablets is consigned to the history books.

The company has spent seven years developing the miniature antenna and hopes to license it to smartphone manufacturers across the globe. Here’s what you need to know about the forward-thinking invention.

The smart antenna: How it will work

The antenna continually searches for signals in all directions, thanks to its steerable beam, and locks on to the strongest signal available at any given time.

The smart antenna has been created in an attempt to keep pace with the rapid developments in smartphone and tablet technology.

According to its creators, it could help to ease network congestion as well as reduce power drain on a device’s battery.

The smart antenna: hand in hand with 4G

4G is set to run on multiple networks from the end of summer 2013 and “fourth-generation” mobile technology promises faster internet connections for phones compared today’s 3G networks,

According to Sofant chief executive Sergio Tansini, new communication protocols such as 4G will put increasing pressure on existing antenna technology, creating a performance bottleneck.

“Smart phone and tablet users expect to be able to make and take phone calls while browsing the web, send texts while downloading emails and stream data while uploading videos to YouTube,”

“The reality is that, until now, the antenna has acted as a bottleneck to performance in mobile devices. As a result, every new generation of smart phone performs less well than its predecessor, resulting in dropped calls, lost signals, weak connections, slow internet and battery drain.”

Only time will tell whether the smart antenna will enhance the performance of smartphones and tablets and as a result enhance users’ experience.

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