Ixana hopes to revolutionize communications. To do this, the company plans to unusually reduce, rather than increase, the range of the wireless signal transmission system. For this, a radiation-free system is used, which the company called Wi-R. It allows you to transfer a variety of data – from contact information to streaming video – through a handshake.
The Ixana company reported the possibility of obtaining developer kits from it with support for the Wi-R protocol, which has not yet gained recognition and distribution.
The Wi-R protocol is a non-radiative near-field communication technology that uses electro-quasi-static (EQS) fields for communication. This allows the human body to be used as a conductor and consumes up to 100 times less energy per bit of information compared to Bluetooth.
The Wi-R protocol combines wireless and wired communication. The range of the Wi-R wireless network itself is only 5 to 10 centimeters. But because it also uses the human body to which the Wi-R device is attached, the full range of the conductor is up to 5 meters.
While traditional wireless communication solutions such as Bluetooth create a 5-10 meter field around a person, the Wi-R protocol creates a body-worn network (BAN) that can be used to connect a smartphone to a pacemaker, smart watch, and /or headphones while getting a higher level of security/privacy and longer battery life.
Wireless communication in this case is needed to connect to a local network (using the human body as a communication channel) and wearable devices – such as watches, smartphones, headphones, pacemakers, etc. The bulk of the traffic comes from the human body being used as a conductor, and in particular, communication with another person’s devices. You can connect to your partner’s smartphone or boombox by simply touching their hand or any other exposed area of skin, as shown in the video below.