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Since they're too tiny for radio how would nanites communicate?

  1. Mar 25, 2015 #1
    Hey all, firstly, sorry for my terrible phrasing and grammar in the title but I was severely limited by character count. I was wondering if there are any known methods existign that would allow nanites to communicate since they seem too small to absorb radio waves or microwaves, Any input appreciated.
     
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  3. Mar 25, 2015 #2

    CWatters

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    According to the Star Trek wiki... (I had to google it honest)....

    http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Nanite

    Perhaps they used their Oneamisu receiver whatever that is.

    I doubt they are too small to absorb microwaves. After all if a water molecule can be heated by microwaves...
     
  4. Mar 25, 2015 #3
    Microorganisms use chemical signals.
     
  5. Mar 25, 2015 #4

    Quantum Defect

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    Insects and plants (and higher organisms -- think Mr. Tomcat marking his territory ) use chemical communication too.
     
  6. Mar 25, 2015 #5
    My question was based on if nanotech was to become a reality, so chemical communcation would most likely be out of the question as that requires enzymes which are too complicated to be designed by man.
     
  7. Mar 25, 2015 #6

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    Why can't nanites fabricate an antenna? After all, humans don't personally absorb radio waves in order to receive a signal.
     
  8. Mar 25, 2015 #7
    "The nano receiver translates the electromagnetic oscillations of the radio wave into the mechanical vibrations of a nano-tube. The vibrations are then converted into a stream of electrical pulses that reproduce the original radio signal," ah never mind, someone's invented a nano scale radio receiver already
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanoradio

    rendering my question moot. Thanks anyway.
     
  9. Mar 25, 2015 #8

    SteamKing

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    Man, you've fallen behind (technologically) and you can't catch up!

    Who sez enzymes are too complicated to be designed by man?

    http://www1.lsbu.ac.uk/water/enztech/engineering.html
     
  10. Mar 25, 2015 #9
    Nanites are even more complicate to design.
     
  11. Mar 25, 2015 #10
    Ah, turns out the nanotubes may only be a couple of atoms wide but they're hundreds of meters long. Not really "nano"
     
  12. Mar 25, 2015 #11

    DaveC426913

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    I'd think the issue is data transfer rate.
     
  13. Mar 25, 2015 #12

    Doug Huffman

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