Microsoft Could Send You Electric Shock Alerts Through Clothes
Microsoft is planning to send tiny electrical shocks to our clothes – that is, to notify us when we get a message or an email.
A report from Sky News indicates that Microsoft has filed an intriguing patent, entitled, Wearable Computer Having A Skin-Stimulating Interface, that is aimed to smarten up clothing.
Part of the patent goes into technology that can be employed to stimulate a person’s senses through the dress they’re wearing after a prolonged period of inactivity.
Perhaps most interesting was the way Redmond’s planning to use to send notifications to wearers: through mild electrocution.
According to the patent:
The electrical stimuli may inform the user of an event, a condition, etc. Examples of an event include but are not limited to receipt of a message (e.g. an email, an instant message (IM), a short message service (SMS) message, or a transcribed voicemail), receipt of an alarm (e.g. an alarm clock alarm or a warning), receipt of a phone call, occurrence of a time of day, etc.
The electrical stimuli may inform the user of a condition of clothing that is worn by the user. The electrical stimuli may inform the user that a physical positioning of the user is to be changed.
The patent was originally filed in February of last year, but was publicly unveiled last Thursday.
However, you should not get your hopes too high as, as with a lots of patents filed by tech giants, this one might never actually see the light of day.
Whether the patent is applied to technology or not, it serves to give us an insight into Microsoft’s vision of how the company wants people to interact with information in the future.