Get ready to be notified about any incoming text or email with a shock! Yes, you read that right. If the patent filed by Microsoft ever gets developed, soon we might have a wearable which will send us electrical impulses. The way wearable devices send out signals to notify users will be revolutionized with this new patent. You will get an electric jolt each time you receive a message. The patent application has been published on Thursday and is titled “Wearable computer having a skin-stimulating interface.”
What does the Patent Say?
The patent’s abstract lists things like phone calls, alarm clocks and text messages as a few examples that can give “shocks” to the users. A part of the abstract said “Techniques are described herein that are capable of providing electrical stimuli to skin of a user to convey information to the user. For instance, the electrical stimuli may inform the user of an event, condition, etc.”
The patent stated “The electrical stimuli may inform the user of an event, a condition, etc. Examples of an event include but are not limited to receipt of a message (e.g. an email, an instant message (IM), a short message service (SMS) message, or a transcribed voicemail), receipt of an alarm (e.g. an alarm clock alarm or a warning), receipt of a phone call, occurrence of a time of day, etc.”
Another part of the application states: “The electrical stimuli may inform the user of a condition of clothing that is worn by the user. The electrical stimuli may inform the user that a physical positioning of the user is to be changed.”
The patent states in the background portion of the paper “A second example system includes a sensor and a power generation circuit. The sensor is incorporated into clothing that is worn by a person and is in contact with skin of the person.”
No More Missing Out any Notification
If you have the habit of missing out notifications on incoming calls or text messages, this patent could be a good news for you. In the application, it is also stated that the wearable device can be worn in different ways. Users can wear it inside a T-shirt or a shoe. There will be no vibrating motor or any display to send alerts to the wearers.
Just like other patents, it remains to be seen whether this patent by Microsoft will see the light of the day and we will get a wearable device that can give us electric shocks.
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