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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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posted on 11 Jan 2012, 17:26 2

1. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)

without Sony backing them up.. dont believe much of ericsson has to say....

posted on 12 Jan 2012, 01:08 7

7. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 660; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)

Oh! Shut up Gallito, just put the shut to the up!

posted on 12 Jan 2012, 04:20

8. ivanprskalo (Posts: 123; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)

You are obviously some child from yesterday... My son, Ericsson was successful and innovative company before partnership with Sony in MC...
In fact that screw them up imo.
Not to mention that Ericsson has many other businesses other than making phones. Just look at ST-Ericsson and Ericsson Nikola Tesla...

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 18:03 5

2. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

Could be, but has to been proven, faster, more energy efficient, and most of all safe! I don't want anything like that going through my body untested!

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 18:26

5. JGuinan007 (Posts: 692; Member since: 19 May 2011)

I agree completely I think it would be great but also you need other tech to adot it also I remember IR transfers it was great between my phone and my wifes but I didn't know anyone else that had it

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 18:14 8

3. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

lol. galito. you obviously know nothing about Ericsson

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 18:18 5

4. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

I certainly wouldn't want any tech going through my body,im quite happy to have everything separate in cable form or phone or device form than tech implants or a data transfer method like ericsson suggests here.........did someone say resistance is futile?!

posted on 12 Jan 2012, 01:07 2

6. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 660; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)

Negativity aside ppl, keep it in mind that a technology like this might not work like that in the future, someone might find a good use of it, instead of transferring data, some medical techies, might use it maybe to diagnose you buy letting you touch some machine and find out what is wrong with your body for instead, sometimes we look at something and think it might be useless, techs like these are needed so ppl can find a proper use for it. Just saying.

posted on 12 Jan 2012, 05:05

9. wsker (Posts: 24; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

Almost had a heart attack... Ma body !

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