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Strange-looking tower a sign of Texas’ high-tech future

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If you drive down I-35 east, on the road to Dallas, you may have noticed a strange-looking tower that has gone up just west of the highway.

Believe it or not that tower sits at the intersection of energy, communication and technology.

The odd-looking tower just off I-35 east gets a lot of long looks from traffic passing by.

Madonna McLeod and her family live practically in its shadow.

“When did I notice that thing going up behind us? About a year and a half ago," McLeod said. “We did think, oh gosh are we going to be the glowing people? But I don’t know, we’ll just have to see.”

Just down the road in Milford, the tower became the talk of the town as people tried to figure out its purpose.

“We aren’t really sure. We’re thinking we’re going to walk around with tinfoil on our heads,” said Lauren Gray.

Fortunately, there’s no need for that.

The theory behind this tower goes back more than 100 years, to scientist Nicola Tesla. Yes, that Tesla.

The man who gave us AC electric motors, which eventually turned into electric cars, had a theory about sending electricity through the air.

Now, the technology exists to make that possible, but first Viziv Technologies has other experiments to carry out.

“We’re focusing early-on, on continuous signaling, things like regional GPS, radio navigation and broadcast signaling,” said Michael Taylor of Viziv Technologies.

Eventually, it could possibly send electricity through the air doing away with high-tension electrical wires and towers.

Viziv says its experiments will in no way harm its neighbors.

“We have no desire to disrupt their lives in any way.  We want to improve their lives and improve the world around us,” Taylor said.

And that’s good news to people here.

“Well, maybe it’s going to make our town grow,” said Gray.

It already has. Viziv has several people working on the project in a nearby building.

It’s something Madonna McLeod and her family can take pride in.

“I think it would be awesome to help out foreign countries where people have limited abilities to have communication,” said McLeod.

Viziv has a partnership with the Baylor University Research and Innovation Collaborative to help explore the many applications of their technology.

Their spokesman says we could see some of the benefits within 10 years.

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