Japan's DoCoMo tests 'molecular' communication

NTT DoCoMo announced that it has successfully demonstrated the world's first molecular delivery system for molecular communication.

In a statement, DoCoMo said it achieved the results in experiments being carried out jointly with The University of Tokyo.

DoCoMo has been pioneering research into the field of molecular communication, a new communication paradigm in which molecules are used as a communication medium, the company said.

The system, which functions on its own because it does not require external power supply or control, could help lead to the realization of a biochemical analyzer, or biochip, a fingertip-sized microchip for biological and chemical analysis.

The envisioned molecular delivery system could have many applications in medicine and healthcare.

For instance, it may be possible to diagnose diseases or stress by directly analyzing biomolecules in a drop of sweat or blood using a mobile phone equipped with a biochip, the firm further said.