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From: Robert Baer
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Subject: Re: Tracker implant for children - Real or Fake?
Date: Sun, 08 Sep 2002 07:21:09 GMT
NNTP-Posting-Date: Sun, 08 Sep 2002 00:21:09 PDT
Organization: EarthLink Inc. -- http://www.EarthLink.net
Bob Wilson wrote:
> In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
> reinier.I_HATE_SPAM.gerritsen@NO_SPAMchampionchip.nl says...
> >In the Brittish newspaper The Guardian (www.guardian.co.uk, Sept 3,
> >2002) there was an article "Girl to get tracker implant to ease
> >parent's fears."
> >I want to start a discussion about the technology, *not* about ethics.
> >Some parts of the article:
> >"Danielle Duval (11-year-old) will have the device implanted in her
> >arm in the next few months. The miniature chip will apperently send a
> >signal via a mobile phone network to a computer, wich will be able to
> >pinpoint her location on a map."
> >"Professor Kevin Warwick (cybernetics department ar Reading
> >University) said there were a few technological problems to be ironed
> >out, including exactly how to recharge the chip's battery, but he
> >expected Danielle to be fitted with the device, under local
> >anaesthetic by a doctor, in a few months."
> >"Among the technical questions to be addressed is wether the chip
> >should remain dormant in the limb until emergeny arose, or wether it
> >should emit a signal 24 hours a day."
> >My local (Dutch) paper wrote that te girl was already chipped. On the
> >TV they showed a glass transponder of about 3cm length and a few mm in
> >diameter, the very same transponders our company uses to time
> >athletes. We read them at about 1m in optimal conditions.
> >I don't believe this story. As far as I know, it is impossible to make
> >a GSM compatible transceiver and a battery and an antenna in such a
> >small volume. If I see the problems to be "ironed out", it cannot be
> >done in just a few months. *Maybe* you can fit it all in a tiny glass
> >tube, but the battery will be drained in a few hours at best.
> >Any comments?
> >Reinier Gerritsen
> >The Netherlands
> So exactly what does this "miniature chip" use as a source of power to allow
> it to transmit a significant distant with? And has it changed the laws of
> physics so it can transmit with an integrated antenna that otherwise is too
> small (electrically) to radiate any significan level of signal?
> Sounds completely fake to me.
(1) Absolutely *no* battery needs to be included! Electrochemical
energy can be directly derived from the fluids in the body.
(2) Pulsed power needs to be only a few tens of milliwatts (but could
be as high as 100mW if need), as it is not difficult to detect
(3) Antenna length can be very short compares to a wavelength and still
radiate a reasonable amount of energy for "short-range" detection.
Not fake; see my other response above.
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