June 23, 2004

Microsoft Gets Your Skin in the Game

I'M PROBABLY FAR FROM ALONE IN THINKING this is the creepiest news out of Microsoft in a long time: Microsoft patents body power

Microsoft has been awarded a patent for using human skin as a power conduit and data bus.

United States Patent: 6,754,472, which was published Tuesday, describes a method for transmitting power and data to devices worn on the body and for communication of data between those devices.

In its filing, Microsoft cites the proliferation of wearable electronic devices, such as wristwatches, pagers, PDAs (worn on people's belts) and small displays that can now be mounted on headgear....

Microsoft said, the physical resistance offered by the human body could be used to create a virtual keyboard on a patch of skin. And just to make sure it has covered all its bases, the filing concludes with a reference for Fido.

"It will be apparent," it says, "that the body may be that of a wide variety of living animals and need not be limited to being a body of a human being."

It is at times like this that I hear that old line from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid: "Who are those guys?"

Posted by Vanderleun at June 23, 2004 1:27 PM
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