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Microsoft may be working on an electric shock notification system

By midian182 ยท 11 replies
Aug 24, 2015
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  1. Microsoft may be working on a new notification system that alerts users by giving them a mild electric shock. The company has filed a patent application titled “wearable computer having a skin-stimulating interface” which describes the process as “providing electrical stimuli to the skin of user to convey information to a user.”

    The patent says the technology would be able to alert people of events such as receiving texts and emails, or act as an extremely effective morning alarm. It goes on to suggest that the system could be used for health and navigation reasons; it could remind a user to walk about if they’ve been inactive too long, or direct someone by shocking different parts of their body.

    To alleviate concerns many people may have about the prospect of being mildly electrocuted every time they get an email, the patent points out that the shocks will feel more like tingles.

    The one or more electrical stimuli may have no amperage, or the amperage may be negligible. The one or more electrical stimuli may have a refresh rate, which may be any suitable frequency, such as 1.5 kiloHertz (kHz), 1.3 kHz, 1.1 kHz, 1.0 kHz, and so on.

    In the patent's diagrams, Microsoft gives examples of a shoe and a t-shirt as items of clothing that the sensors could be integrated into. It also mentions that the electrical stimuli could be used to inform a user of the condition of the clothing they are wearing, meaning you won’t even have to look down anymore to see if your shirt’s full of holes - an electric shock will inform you when it’s time to go clothes shopping.

    Wearable technology is becoming ever more commonplace; smartwatches continue to grow in popularity as an increasing number of industry giants such as Casio enter the market, while Google and Levi’s are working on creating a pair of ‘smart’ jeans that allow wearers to perform certain actions on their phones - such as tapping a pocket to switch a device to silent. It’s worth pointing out, however, that as with all patent applications, there’s a chance this electric shock notification system will never become a reality.

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 7,986   +2,875

    Thank M$ but I'll just trust my eyes to tell me when it's time to replace my tattered clothes, that and strange people laughing and pointing at me.
    stewi0001 likes this.
  3. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,513   +900

    I think it would be funny seeing people at Microsoft testing this stuff.
  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,169   +3,261

    Why? Windows update is now automatic. There is no need in notifications. lol
  5. RzmmDX

    RzmmDX TS Guru Posts: 313   +67

    Would be great in Band 2.

    Think of all the disasters waiting to happen when you're doing something precise and it shocks you.
  6. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,454   +1,732

    Who doesn't like a good shock...


    I'm signing up for an early Beta testing...
    treetops likes this.
  7. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,169   +3,261

    I hope our readers are not epileptic.
    Uvindu and VitalyT like this.
  8. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,454   +1,732

    ....yet :)
  9. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,136   +624

    The government will have an option to adjust the voltage so when you seem like a threat they can shock you to death. :D
    Uvindu likes this.
  10. mrjgriffin

    mrjgriffin TS Addict Posts: 207   +97

    Seizure or heart episode anyone?
  11. dusseldorf

    dusseldorf TS Member

    It's not...April Fool's Day...is it?
  12. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 1,522   +514

    My thoughts exactly. Just wait till the dumb god M$ figures out that you need FDA approval or something like that, or that their lawyers tell them that it is not a good idea for people with heart conditions.

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