Researchers from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) a private research university located in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, have come out with a new technology that can self destruct when our electronic devices are stolen.
According to them it works very fast and can be installed into modern devices. These self destruct sequence can be triggered in many ways;
- A GPS switch that could activate the self-destruct mechanism if for example the stolen device is taken outside of a building.
- A password-enabled app that could also remotely activate the trigger.
This technology can be installed into existing devices, the manufacturer is thereby cutting down cost of each self destruct mechanism to $15, said Hussain.
More details of the research will be published in an upcoming issue of the “Advanced Materials Technologies” journal.
How It Works
The self-destruct mechanism consists of an expandable polymer, which damages the device’s chips within a few seconds. After the mechanism is remotely triggered, heater electrodes that draw power from the device’s battery activates the polymer, this then rapidly expands to seven-times its original size when heated to 80°C (176°F).
The researchers said the expanding polymer can destroy a silicon chip up to 90 micrometers thick, or just less than 0.1 millimeters.