Ever thought about your home as a giant microwave oven? Well, now is a good time to start thinking about it as it could be one of the features of your prospective house. What started out initially as a way to drive off intruders and serve as a security system was found out later to have the potential of becoming a central heating system for a house. The Active Denial System which emits millimeter waves, otherwise known as the pain ray, was primarily designed to drive off intruders but due to its ability in monitoring the intensity of the beam. It can be set at a lower level which can act as central heating. The emitters are integrated into the walls or ceiling and the power of the beam can be adjusted from a lower, meant for detection and tracking, to a higher level when the beams turn hot and painful.
The parent idea, which sprouted some ten years back, had researchers walk into a microwave test room which had an 800-watt transmitter incorporated in a wall which emitted microwaves into the room. The walls were enveloped in metal in order to enable the reflection of microwaves around the room and the room was also equipped with large metal blades for stirring to avoid the formation of hot spots.
But this feasible home heating-cum-security system is not without its drawbacks. If it uses microwaves, then that would warm up your insides leaving your skin comparatively cool. Whereas if it uses Active Denial System’s millimeter waves, its vice-versa, meaning it would warm up your skin rather than insides. And the most important thing, it’s not exactly appealing to the masses mainly due to electrophobia. Frankly, imagining living inside a huge oven sort of a house gives me the creeps!
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