Ericsson is working on a technology which will use the vibration motor of your phone as protection against pickpockets. Thanks to this method you can also prevent your phone from falling out of your pocket.
Protection With The Vibration Motor
Pickpocketing is a big problem especially in the crowded streets of the third world countries. Wherever there is a crowd in a busy street, a bus, or a metro, there are pickpockets ready to clean your pockets. Since a smartphone is the most valuable thing in one’s pocket these days, the pickpockets target your smartphone. Looks like Ericsson has a solution in the work to cure this problem.
Swedish network operator Ericsson is working on a technology that uses your phones vibration motor to fight against the threat of pickpockets. A vibration motor is considered a relatively unimportant thing when making a purchase decision. If all goes well for Ericsson, that will soon change.
The new technology will determine where the phone is placed using the heart rate and proximity sensor. If a pickpocket suddenly strikes and get hands on your phone, the phone will vibrate as intensively as possible, trying to make the phone slip out of the hands of the thief in question. Hopefully, the phone will survive the crash.
The technology is still under development, but the Ericsson is convinced that it can also be helpful in many other situations. Many phones today come with a glass casing and that also applies to mid-range devices.
Often when you place you in your front pocket and slightly bend down your phone often starts sliding out of the pocket. Many times it completely slides out and crashes on the surface. Ericsson wants phones to determine for themselves when they slip out of your pocket so that they temporarily start to vibrate to get more grip. In this way, smartphones first determine for themselves how they are used, and if there is a danger, the vibrator will respond.