Although office modems from the 1980s use one to send computer data to telephone’s handset microphone, is sound still a viable way to wirelessly send computer data?
By: Ringo Bones
At least it is wireless, but whether it is a brand spanking new way to send data wirelessly is another question entirely. Chirp is a UK based tech firm founded in 2011 with Moran Lerner as the current chief executive officer has developed a technology that uses sound waves – as in sonically - to send computer data instead of the gigahertz frequency radio waves used by a typical WiFi. According to Chirp, this wireless computer data transmitting system was not meant to compete with Bluetooth and Wi Fi, but was meant to complement it.
Using the principle of “sonic barcode”, any device with a built-in loudspeaker can transmit data via Chirp – though only within earshot of the devices. Despite its limited range, Chirp could prove useful in areas where there are restrictions in radio frequency emissions – i.e. in mining operations especially during blasting, etc. Chirp could also prove useful to areas declared as “safe-zones” for persons with RF sensitivity where sonic data transmission is the only way to stay connected.