Sept. 26, Smithsonian Magazine: Antennas are almost everywhere, and thanks to researchers at Drexel University, they’re likely going to be in a lot more places in the future.

Image courtesy Drexel University.

Researchers at the institution have developed a method for creating nearly invisible antennas, that can be used on virtually any surface, by airbrushing.

The antennas are made from a metallic material called MXene, which, in powder form, can dissolve in water to become a paint-like substance. The report says that even a layer as thin as 62 nanometres can receive a signal and that the surface adds virtually no weight to the device

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