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The hottest wireless technology is now sound!

Mike Elgan | Dec. 22, 2014
Lately there's been a surge of innovations that harness sound waves to transmit data and do other creative things. Here's what's going on.

Of course, such a method could also be used to hack non-air-gapped computers and networks, and such a breach might be less detectable than a hack that goes through normal network channels.

The bad news is that sound-based hacking has enormous potential — for exactly the same reason that all of the sound-based technologies mentioned in this column have potential, which is the ubiquity of speakers and microphones.

The good news is that the development of such exploits is very rare and still in its infancy.

Sound is a fantastic medium for all kinds of powerful things, from transferring data to further augmenting augmented reality with a sense of touch.

We're going to be seeing a lot more sound-based technologies in the years ahead. You heard it here first!


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