By Ryan Morrison For Mailonline
Published: 09:38 GMT, 3 February 2020 | Updated: 09:38 GMT, 3 February 2020
'Smart wallpaper' that can boost WiFi signal in your home by up to ten times and allow for even smaller internet-connected devices is developed by MIT researchers.
A team of researchers from the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, found a way to create a surface that can reflect and enhance wireless signals.
They say this means WiFi can be added to devices that are currently too small to make it viable, or make exciting devices 'more elegant'.
This could allow for tiny sensors to detect indoor pollution levels, smaller smart speakers or even 'biomedical devices', according to the study authors.
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'Smart wallpaper' that can boost WiFi signal in your home by up to ten times and allow for even smaller internet-connected devices is developed by MIT researchers
The issue with ever smaller smart technology is that smaller devices have smaller wireless antennas that struggle to maintain a good signal.
The research team, from MIT CSAIL developed an RFOcus 'smart surface' that can be installed as wallpaper into a home or office.
It doesn't require power or wiring as it simply acts as a 'reflection' of the signal being put out by other devices.
By using the 'smart wallpaper' a device can act as a 'control', sending a lower powered signal at the wall - it then reflects and scatters it out where needed.
It can improve the median signal strength by nearly 10 times and double channel capacity in an office environment.
The technology uses software to control thousands of tiny wireless antennas built into the smart surface.
'The core goal here was to explore whether we can use elements in the environment and arrange them to