Motorola Patents “Shocking” Silent Alarm System

Motorola has received a patent for alerting users to incoming calls and messages using a mild electric shock. This is Motorola’s way of coming up with a better alternative to vibrating alerts, which aren’t truly silent. Try placing your handset on a hard surface, and you’ll agree. The patented system solves this by requiring no moving parts and therefore creates no noise.

The new alert system uses a small pad containing electrodes wirelessly linked to the handset. When there is an incoming message (or a call), an electric potential is placed across the eletrodes, which then stimulates the skin and muscles, thus alerting the wearer. The power levels and frequencies can be adjusted so that shocks can be personalized for different callers, perhaps longer shocks for unwanted callers? It’ll be interesting to see how consumers will respond to this new technology.

Motorola has received a patent for alerting users to incoming calls and messages using a mild electric shock. This is Motorola’s way of coming up with a better alternative to vibrating alerts, which aren’t truly silent. Try placing your handset on a hard surface, and you’ll agree. The patented system solves this by requiring no moving parts and therefore creates no noise.

The new alert system uses a small pad containing electrodes wirelessly linked to the handset. When there is an incoming message (or a call), an electric potential is placed across the eletrodes, which then stimulates the skin and muscles, thus alerting the wearer. The power levels and frequencies can be adjusted so that shocks can be personalized for different callers, perhaps longer shocks for unwanted callers? It’ll be interesting to see how consumers will respond to this new technology.

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