Microsoft Makes use of largest Human Organ

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Microsoft Makes use of largest Human Organ

My fifth grade science teacher taught us that skin was the largest organ in our body. Finally, us geeks will be able to use all that space for something useful. Radio Shack sells a really interesting home-automation system named Plug 'n Power that uses your in-home wiring as a bus allowing you to control electrical devices throughout the house. Basically, the system piggybacks frequencies on top of the signal in your wires to communicate between devices. Microsoft takes this one step further by allowing you to use your skin as the bus. In a recent patent filing, number 6,754,472 they mention that a variety of devices have redundancy or in other words, watches, radios, pagers and PDAs all need speakers. Citing flaws in alternative buses such as the power-hungry nature of RF communications and security concerns regarding IR, they turn to the next logical place Human skin. The patent filing cites an example of this in action a phone on a belt while speakers reside in earrings. It even goes on to discuss how these devices can be powered through kinetic energy. Converters have existed for years in wristwatches and this same technology can be placed in shoes. The patent finishes by mentioning that a wide variety of living animals can have a skin-bus but fish seemed to be deliberately excluded. Seriously, this idea makes sense and if it can be executed in the real world, it will allow for a great deal more productivity.


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