Our body can be used for linking your mobile phone or MP3 player to a cordless headphone, digital camera to a PC or printer, and all the accessories you carry around to each other. RedTacton is a new technology that is completely different from wireless and infrared. A transmission path is formed at the moment, when a part of the human body is get contact with a RedTacton transceiver. On separating the ends, the contact between the receiver and body, ends the communication. Human Area Networking technology that uses the surface of the human body as a safe, high speed network transmission path. This technology uses the minute electric field which is emitted on the surface of the human body .This network linking is possible using any body surfaces, such as the hands, fingers, arms, feet, face, legs,etc . RedTacton works even through shoes and clothing. Here, the human body acts as a transmission medium which supports half-duplex communication at 10Mbit/s. The main component of the transceiver is an electric-field sensor implemented with an electro optic crystal and laser light.
NTT , the Japanese telecoms group, and the team of scientists that invented the Red Tacton system. "Tacton" because with this technology, communication starts by touching (Touch), leading to various actions (Act on). We then added the color red to convey the meaning of warmth in communication. Combining these phrases led to the name, "RedTacton". Human society is entering an era of ubiquitous computing, when networks are seamlessly interconnected and information is always accessible at our fingertips. The practical implementation of ubiquitous services requires three levels of connectivity: Wide Area Networks (WAN), typically via the Internet, to remotely connect all types of severs and terminals; Local Area Networks (LAN), typically via Ethernet or Wi-Fi connectivity among all the information and communication appliances in offices and homes; and Human Area Networks (HAN) for connectivity to personal information, media and communication appliances within the much smaller sphere of ordinary daily activities-- the last one meter. NTT's RedTacton is a break-through technology that, for the first time, enables reliable high-speed HAN. In the past, Bluetooth, infrared communications (IrDA), radio frequency ID systems (RFID), and other technologies have been proposed to solve the "last meter" connectivity problem. However, they each have various fundamental technical limitations that constrain their usage, such as the precipitous fall-off in transmission speed in multi-user environments producing network congestion.
RedTacton takes a different technical approach. Instead of relying on electromagnetic waves or light waves to carry data, RedTacton uses weak electric fields on the surface of the body as a transmission medium. A RedTacton transmitter couples with extremely weak electric fields on the surface of the body. The weak electric fields pass through the body to a RedTacton receiver, where the weak electric fields affect the optical properties of an electro-optic crystal. The extent to which the optical properties are changed is detected by laser light which is then converted to an electrical signal by a detector circuit.
Using a new super-sensitive photonic electric field sensor, RedTacton can achieve duplex communication over the human body at a maximum speed of 10 Mbps.
1. The RedTacton transmitter induces a weak electric field on the surface of the body. 2. The RedTacton receiver senses changes in the weak electric field on the surface of the body caused by the transmitter. 3. RedTacton relies upon the principle that the optical properties of an electro-optic crystal can vary according to the changes of a weak electric field. 4. RedTacton detects changes in the optical properties of an electro-optic crystal using a laser and converts the result to...