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Ericsson thinks that USB cables are for losers, uses your body instead

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Ericsson thinks that USB cables are for losers, uses your body instead
Transfering data between two devices by simply holding on to both of them may sound like something out of a sci-fi movie, but the folks at Ericsson have actually found a way of turning that concept into reality. The secret? A technique called capacitive coupling that uses your body as a transfer medium instead of a traditional cable.

Ericsson's CEO Hans Vestberg made a demonstration of the technology by touching a smartphone and a transmitter that was connected to a TV set. And as if it were magic, the picture that was displayed on the smartphone's screen appeared on the TV's display.

However, a number of methods for data transfer, both wired and wireless, already exists, so it makes us wonder how practical capacitive coupling would be in real life. And it was never mentioned how fast, reliable, or power-hungry the technology is, not to mention that it seems disturbing flashing electrical impulses through your body. What do you, guys and girls, think? Do you think that the technology has potential, or is it just a gimmick that will never catch on? Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the coments. 

source: Ericsson via Gizmodo

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