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Saturday 18th September 2021 12:16 AM
Ericsson Comes Up With Super High-Tech Anti-Smartphone-Theft Solution
Within the last few years, manufacturers have made great strides to discourage smartphone theft. These are generally locking mechanisms, which prevent the phone from ever being used by someone other than its user — either through biometric scanners or the good old passcode. And if a stealer tries to reset your device, it will mostly become a brick, which will not activate unless your personal password is entered on boot.
But that has not stopped thieves definitely. For one, they like to try their chances — some users still don’t lock their phones. And two, some phones can still be hacked into after a factory reset. So, further solutions are always welcome. Swedish company Ericsson (remember the partnership Sony-Ericsson?) has come up with and patented an extremely high-tech anti-theft system. It’s called “Adaptive Friction” and right now merely exists on paper, filed as a patented idea.
Mostly, the phone will use multiple sensors to maintain constant awareness of its contextual environment — whether it’s in a pocket, on a table, in a purse, et cetera. It will do this by inspecting data from its microphones, light sensor(s), camera(s), and gyroscope. Anytime a hand is laid on the device, it will very quickly try to determine whether or not it is being grabbed by its owner — it will do so by analyzing the grip (whether it’s a secure and confident grab, or a cheeky corner pinch) and even by utilizing biometric sensors to analyze the person’s heartbeat and compare it to known heartbeat patterns of the rightful owner.
If the phone defines that it’s getting nabbed by an unidentified person, it will start vibrating at ultrasonic frequencies, which should — in theory — make it super slippery and hard to pinch out of a pocket. Thus the name “Adaptive Friction” The patent does state that the technology can also be used to make the phone extra grippy and stick to the user’s hand when being used, thus making it harder to drop, which also sounds pretty interesting.
Of course, this sounds like a whole ton of tech that needs to be tuned in order to make this work promptly and dependably. As with any patent — there’s no guarantee we’d see it in a phone any time soon (if ever), but this one positively has some interesting “out of the box” thinking.
Source: RETAIL NEWS ASIA