Wireless Doesn't Necessarily Mean Traveling Through The Air; How About Your Body Instead?

from the shake-my-hand-to-hear-this-song dept

Two and a half years ago, we wrote about Microsoft's attempt to patent the use of the human body as a conductive material for transmitting data and power. We've heard of a few other attempts to do similar things as well, and now the New Scientist blog points to some of Sony's researchers who are trying to patent a way to use the body as a way to transmit music from a music device to a set of headphones. The idea is that you do away with the pesky wire (so last century), but also avoid having to use any wireless system that involves transmitting data through the air as well. Those create possibilities for interference with other, similar devices, and also run the risk of security problems as well. However, if the data is transmitted directly through your body, you avoid many of those problems. Of course, if they can get this to work, why bother with headphones at all? Why not then work on transmitting the sound in a way that your brain can tap directly into it? Quick, someone file the patent application...


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    Joe Schmoe, Nov 28th, 2006 @ 8:04am

    "...Those create possibilities for interference with other, similar devices..."

    No. I call BS on this. You can't share your music [wirelessly] with someone else if they can take that away.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 28th, 2006 @ 8:15am

    Re:

    Hrmmm,....

    so the new "squirting" may actually involve body fluids after all...

     

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    Terence Stern, Nov 28th, 2006 @ 8:29am

    And when you shake hands?

    Does this mean that when you shake hands with someone similarly "enabled", you get a quick blast of whatever they're listening to, and they from you?

    Can we share sweet music together if we just walk around holding hands?

     

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    thinkart, Nov 28th, 2006 @ 8:38am

    Re: And when you shake hands?

    holding hands? ummm....i can think of more fun ways to exchange music. hehehe

     

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    mashup, Nov 28th, 2006 @ 8:38am

    Would shaking hands constitute a mashup?

    If two people shook hands and shared their music, wouldn't this be a mashup? Then the RIAA could start suing anyone who shakes hands for making unauthorized mashups.

     

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    TandemUser, Nov 28th, 2006 @ 8:48am

    Not from Sony, please

    C'mon... these are the same people that have batteries exploding everywhere. Why I would I want them to create technology using my body as a conduit?

     

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    Larry, Nov 28th, 2006 @ 9:28am

    I am worried

    WOuld this music compete with the voices in my head, or would it teach the voice to sing to me?

     

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    Paul, Nov 28th, 2006 @ 10:09am

    screw this technology, they should bring back QRIO. that thing rocked.

     

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    Anonymouus of Course, Nov 28th, 2006 @ 10:13am

    Re: Re: And when you shake hands?

    Music though the body, done that in the 60's.

    This post reminded me of Don Brittian Enterprises
    out of Hawaii and his sex electronics division. An
    unsung 60's electronics pioneer... sorta.

    Don't turn the music up too loud! It might tingle
    some.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 28th, 2006 @ 10:22am

    Don't think the body would be an effective enough conductor....you would likely need a huge battery source, and then you ask, is it really needed to begin with?

     

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    Random User, Nov 28th, 2006 @ 10:23am

    Re: Not from Sony, please

    You mean your worried about the potential for bodies expliding everywhere?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 28th, 2006 @ 10:24am

    You can use the body as a battery as well then forgo the betteries blowing up. You just need to eat your Wheaties in the morning.

     

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    shane...., Nov 28th, 2006 @ 10:32am

    Re:

    I locate underground utilities, we use a radio transmitter on 8kHz to 65 kHz range and i know that if i touch a lead to one finger and another to the wire i'm locating it will tone down, not as well as a direct hookup, but enough to send the signal down the wire for a few hundred feet compared to 500 or 1000 ft if i had a direct hookup. the radio transmitter only uses 8 d batteries. Your body naturally conducts electric. much like water... it could work.
    If you wana try a way at home... get a portable radio or boombox with an antenna and touch it with bare fingers, you will amplify the recieved signal a bit.... a lot like tv rabbit ears. It's definatly feasable if not applicable.

     

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    anonymous coward, Nov 28th, 2006 @ 10:40am

    bend over while we install the DRM chip. this may be a little cold at first...

     

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    DV Henkel-Wallace, Nov 28th, 2006 @ 12:34pm

    "directly to the brain"

    Your brain pretty much _can_ "tap directly into" audio. It's just a mechanical vibration of some bones (and thence some hairs). So why not just push the audio into the bones directly?

    You can experience this just by putting the flat part of your headphones against your skull. Why not at your spine at the base of the neck?

     

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    eponymous, Nov 28th, 2006 @ 1:52pm

    Rock the party that rocks the body

     

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    mhh5, Nov 28th, 2006 @ 2:05pm

    direct to brain transfer -- Patented.

    why bother with headphones at all? Why not then work on transmitting the sound in a way that your brain can tap directly into it? Quick, someone file the patent application...

    http://www.musicgizmos.com/archives/audio_bone_bone_conduction_headphones.php


    The bone conduction head phone ”Audio Bone” from Pegasus corporation Japan will available in 2 colors- Black (GDB-01) and white (GDB-02).The bone conduction technology sends vibrations through the skull straight into the brain for perfect, pure sound.

     

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