Scientists are developing mobile networks that would use humans as Internet hubs.

Researchers from the Queen’s Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology are developing a network that will allow people to carry wearable sensors and create mobile Internet infrastructures to provide instant connectivity anywhere they go.

Body-to-body networks would use small sensors, fitted in portable devices such as smartphones, that will communicate with each other and form the backbone of high bandwidth Internet networks. Scientists working on this technology believe that a body-to-body network would be extremely useful in multiple fields including remote monitoring and treatment of patients, reducing the number of base stations required to service mobile phone users and enhancing live streaming of events with a vast audience.

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