Can a cell phone detect if it is stolen by measuring the gait of the person carrying it?
Researchers at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland have developed a prototype of a cell phone that uses motion sensors to record a user's walking pattern of movement, or gait. The device then periodically checks to see that it is still in the possession of its legitimate owner, by measuring the current stride and comparing it against that stored in its memory.
Clever, as long as you realize that there are going to be a lot of false alarms. This seems okay:
If the phone suspects it has fallen into the wrong hands, it will prompt the user for a password if they attempt to make calls or access its memory.
Posted on November 16, 2005 at 6:26 AM • 29 Comments