New Idea From Microsoft Will Shock You – Literally
Miss that important phone call or text? Microsoft may have the solution. They recently filed a patent that will let people receive notifications though a “skin-stimulating interface, which is a “technical term” for a shock.
People currently receive notifications through sound or vibration or both, but people often tune out these notifications. Getting a shock, which is described as a strong tingle, would grab attention even when there are other distractions or noise.
Another advantage would we that the device could be very small. Devices that use vibration have to have some sort of engine to create the movement. Delivering a shock needs much less in the way of hardware, making it possible to incorporate into fabric.
The patent suggests several different ways that the device can be used including T-shirts or shoes. Other suggested uses include giving reminders when a person needs to switch positions, take medication or exercise.
Many things that are patented never see production, so it will be interesting to see what Microsoft does with this. In spite of the benefits, it may be an uphill climb to convince people that an electrical shock is a good way to deliver reminders.