You can find a single Pakistani especially Karachiite who had never got
their phones snatched. Due to this fear most of the Pakistanis prefer to
carry low priced phone at public places.
Due to the arrival of expensive flagship devices, the phone-snatching
problem has accelerated to a huge extent, especially in highly populated
cities like Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi, and Peshawar. However, unless
there is some improvisation on the snatchers’ end, we could soon be free
from this conundrum, thanks to “Self-destructing phones”.
Student researchers of King Abdullah University of Science and
Technology (KAUST) have developed a new self-destruct mechanism as a
solution to this problem. It works almost instantly and comes into
effect when a phone is stolen, protecting device’s sensitive data as
well as spoiling any reselling plans on the thieves’ end.
Who is it targeted at?
Those who specifically require data protection, intelligence
communities, corporations, banks, hedge funds, social security
administrations, and collectors who handle massive data. However, since
it is easily installable on most modern devices, it could work for
almost anyone who wants an extra layer of security.
How does it work?
It comprise of an expandable polymer that can be remotely triggered
using GPS or a password-enabled app to crumple the device’s chips. It is
capable of destroying a silicon chip up to 90 micrometers thick, or less
than 0.1mm. This device utilizes heater electrodes that draw power from
the battery and activate the polymer, when heated to 80°C; it expands
instantly to seven times of its original size. Since most modern devices
come equipped with a non-removable battery, there is almost no way to
obstruct the power supply between the electrodes and the battery.
Is it Costly or Not?
The price of one self-destruct mechanism could cost as little as $15
i.e. 1572.38 PKR. This device can be retrofitted to existing laptops and