What’s a Metamaterial anyway? Metamaterials are artificial materials with unique electromagnetic properties; they are structures that do not exist in the natural world.

Connecting the World Through Metamaterials
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Connecting the World Through Metamaterials

What’s a Metamaterial anyway? Metamaterials are artificial materials with unique electromagnetic properties; they are structures that do not exist in the natural world. And they are the closest thing to magic we have ever seen. At Intellectual Ventures we are using this technology to redefine autonomous vehicles, defense, aeronautics, and security. 

Let’s talk about connectivity. Creating a broadband connection between a moving object on earth and a satellite in the sky requires an antenna that can steer a beam of radio frequency (RF) energy with pinpoint accuracy. Today, this is done with cumbersome mechanical antennas or expensive phased-array technology. Intellectual Ventures’ metamaterials surface antenna technology (MSA-T) invention offers a better way.

MSA-T uses metamaterials to electronically steer an RF beam so that it stays locked onto a satellite even while in motion. This allows MSA-T to establish and maintain a broadband satellite connection on the go, anywhere in the world without any moving parts. Roughly the size of a laptop, this low-cost, lightweight technology is ideal for connecting airplanes, trains, boats or even cars to broadband service. MSA-T can also be used in portable antennas to deliver broadband service in remote locations.


Breakthroughs like these power our belief that invention is the driver of all progress. Learn more about Metamaterials here. Intellectual Ventures. A global inventions company.

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