Researchers Send Text Message via Evaporated Vodka [Video]

NEW YORK | Friday, December 20th, 2013 1:23pm EDT

Canadian scientists claim they’ve successfully sent a text message using evaporated vodka.

It’s a well-known truth that an alcohol-text message is advisable to avoid— too often the combination leads to regrets or makes you feel embarassed the next day. However, researchers in England have now found a way the two components can work together.

A group of scientists at York University in Canada revealed to the whole world today that they’ve sent a text message, “O Canada,” using evaporated vodka.

What did they do? Using vodka and a desk fan, scientists managed to send a new kind of text message — encoding information in evaporated alcohol, reports ajc.com.

“Messages sent via molecules can aid communication underground, underwater or inside the body. Molecular signalling is a common feature of the plant and animal kingdom – insects, for example, use pheromones for long-range signaling – but to date continuous data have not been transmitted,” claims The Times of India and it’s absolutely right.

The lead researcher on the experiment explained, “We believe we have sent the world’s first text message to be transmitted entirely with molecular communication, controlling concentration levels of the alcohol molecules to encode the alphabet.”

In order to conduct the experiment researchers “used specific concentration levels of the vodka to represent bits 1 and 0.”

They wafted the message 12 feet across a room, where was the required concentration of the alcohol and then it translated by a receiving device.

As the demonstration of the unusual way of communicating was held in Toronto, the message was, appropriately, the lyrics to “O Canada.”

“Chemical signals can offer a more efficient way of transmitting data inside tunnels, pipelines or deep underground structures,” said Prof Andrew Eckford.

“The chemical signal, using the alcohol in vodka in this case, was sent four metres across the lab with the aid of a table top fan. It was then demodulated by a receiver which measured the rate of change in concentration of the alcohol molecules, picking up whether the concentration was increasing or decreasing,” Eckford added.

At first glance somebody may think that this might sound like something scientists are doing just because they can, but Phys.org insists that there could be a very practical use for just such a technology.

“The technique has a wide range of applications in environments where electromagnetic waves cannot be used, for example in underground structures such as tunnels, pipelines or in underwater environments.”

Another academic Nariman Farsad of York University said, “We believe we’ve sent the world’s first text message to be transmitted entirely with molecular communication, controlling concentration levels of the alcohol molecules, to encode the alphabets with single spray representing bit 1 and no spray representing the bit 0.”

Dr Weisi Guo from the School of Engineering at the University of Warwick agreed with his colleagues, saying: “Imagine sending a detailed message using perfume – it sounds like something from a spy thriller novel, but in reality it is an incredibly simple way to communicate.”

“Of course people have achieved short ranged signalling using chemicals, but we have gone to the next level and successfully communicated continuous and generic messages over several metres.”

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