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Discussion in 'MacBytes.com News Discussion' started by MacBytes, Jun 24, 2004.
Link: MS patents body language
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<raises middle finger>
<waits for patent attorney to call and sue>
wonder how much that'll cost me now, and do I have to sign an EULA to make fart noises with my armpit anymore?
I would have put a "stupid" tag on the front of this, but the "microsoft" tag was as close as I could come.
Did you even read the article?
The ability to link devices using your body... I think it's a pretty neat idea. But, as the article says, the practicality of devices that constantly need to be touching your body is going to get in the way of this technology really taking off.
I did read the article, and thought the applications of the technology could be quite interesting, especially in the medical field as they said. It's the title of the article that irritated me more than the content itself. Guess I shoulda disclaimed that...
Anyway, without having contact with the body, how is this going to be useful? And in what way is it really that much different than one of those "kinetic" watches that came out a few years ago, using movement to build up energy? I'd worry that if I got too stressed in a situation while I was directly connected to my M$ gear, as soon as it locked up I'd be electrocuted.
Prior art - other companies have got watches to work off the pulse from blood archarys ( spelling ).
But this is not only powering the device but creating a network between the various devices connected to your body... using your body. So a watch you are wearing can transmit messages to your glasses so you can see the time without looking down at your watch. Of course, that must be the stupidest application of this technology, but you get the idea.
If you are wondering why this idea sounds familiar, IBM did show some prototypes in 1995.
And of course this does not count as prior art because M$ applied for the patent.