A Solution to Save Mobile Snatching Has Arrived!

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 desktops.

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