That bulbous protrusion in the front of many planes and pilotless drones could become a thing of the past if Intellectual Ventures’ second spinout company pans out.
Executives at the Bellevue, Wash. patent-holding company today are expected to unveil Kymeta, a 15-employee company that’s applying so-called metamaterials to satellite communications.
Its first products, most likely for aircraft, should be available commercially by 2015. Eventually, executives say, Kymeta’s technology could find its way to ships, trains, and even come in the form of a personal satellite hot spot that’s about the size of a typical laptop computer.
You may remember a quick round of gee-whiz technology about this technology three years when academics were talking about their ability to bend light and create an “invisibility cloak.” Kymeta, and the products it’s working on, are the practical application of that research.