A Not-So-New Idea for Device Security, “This Phone Will Self Destruct in…”

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Researchers have developed the next step in device security. Self destruction! Yes, just like the old series Mission: Impossible, phones may have a self destruct option soon.

Researchers from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia have developed a device which can destroy a smartphone, (and other devices as well) in as little as 10 seconds.

Consisting of a special polymer layer, when triggered, this layer expands up to seven times it’s original size. Installed on a phone chipset, it will completely, and rapidly, destroy a phone. An engineer with KAUST explains, “The expandable polymer expands much more and causes sufficient tension in the thin silicon—which is sitting on top of the polymer—so it simply crumples and then breaks.”

There are various methods that can be used to trigger this action. A GPS sensor can activate the device when the phone is carried outside of an area. It could be remotely triggered via an app. It could even be fitted with a pressure sensor that would detect if someone tried to open the body of the device.

As far as who would be interested in such a product? The first customers would be the ones who need data protection: Intelligence communities, corporations, banks, hedge funds, social security administrations, collectors who handle massive data,” explains the company.

Who would have thought there would be a market for a self destructing phone? The Galaxy Note 7 was obviously just ahead of it’s time.



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