Forget Vibrate, What About Shock Mode?

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Mobile-phone maker Motorola has received a patent for a system that uses electric shocks to let somebody know when they’re phone is ringing, rather than the usual ringtone or vibration. The user wears a small pad with electrodes on their skin that’s connected wirelessly to the phone, and get a shock — which can be personalized, depending on the caller — when they’re called. It’s hard to see this system really taking off, but especially not with users on the Great Wall of China, where phone users are supposedly already being electrocuted.

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JL (user link) says:

You won't miss someone calling...

I do like the customized shock however. Maybe if it catches on, you could download new shocks, or as they’ll probably call them, shocktones! Oh man… being electrocuted to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 sounds like loads of fun!

In all seriousness, I wonder how convenient people will find putting the pad on though…

Cassidy says:


“think this is stupid….what if someone has heart problems? a small electric shock could probably kill them. Also…how are you going to get the phone if it keeps shocking you…because the shocks will contract your muscles tightly so you won’t be able to move.”
If the person has heart problems, then why would they even buy a shocking phone? And you could turn down the shock level, and the shocks wouldn’t contract them tight enough so your ARMS COULDN’T MOVE TO GET THE PHONE! Seriously, evoloution gave you intelect- use it.

Professor Highbrow says:

Superb Idea!

I must say that this an excellent idea. I would like two electrodes, please, Motorola. One attached to each side of the head, at the temples.

This way some of the more insane members of our mobile phone society can receive an electro-shock treatment each time their phone rings. I would love to know their phone numbers as well, because I’m going to be redialing often when I find a guy parking a little too close to my car, or when the retard in front of me on the road can’t seem to drive in a straight line and talk on the phone at the same time, ruining it for me and everybody else that doesn’t have difficulty “multitasking.”

Also useful for those that can’t walk and chew gum at the same time.

With two electrodes, these could be attached anywhere, possibly even without permission from the cell phone user! Imagine the possibilities….

Hang on MAN!! I got another call! My nipples are burning!

–Professor HighBrow

(hittin’ below the belt…)

The Rambling Sentencer (profile) says:

Re: Superb Idea! can I choose where to place elect

Can I choose where to place electrodes?

If so, then I would like to place them on the driver in front of me talking on the cellphone, weaving on the road, driving so slow that she looks like she is at the head of a parade of other drivers also wanting to place an electroshock call to hang up and drive.

xerog says:

Re: Re:

Do you honestly believe that a remotely connected battery powered shocking device is going to be hacked into? That’s the dumbest thing I think I have ever heard. Now I won’t say that Motorola has a great idea, but it couldn’t hurt. I also know that a low-voltage shock from a battery powered device is not going to cause problems with a pacemaker and the whole purpose for having two electrodes on the device is so that is shocks only that person between those electrodes, not who ever they next touch. However I do see some moron out there fileing a lawsuit over it for one reason or another. It’s the way America works saddly.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:

Do you honestly believe that a remotely connected battery powered shocking device is going to be hacked into?

Umm you mean like evrey other wireless device? All the device does is wait for a RF signal to preform its action. What makes you think it is so unbelieveably impossible to mimick that very same signal?

Astounded Reader says:

Re: Re: Re: Re:

I think he/she was trying to suggest that it may be possible, but what would be the point if the shock recieved is so slight that it wouldn’t matter. Plus, there would be no way to turn up the voltage as a hacker when they will more than likely have that controlled by the hardware of the device, not by software.

I agree totally that the voltage will not be anything more than maybe touching a 9volt battery to your tongue and will not cause uncontrollable muscle twitching or problems with a pacemaker, etc.

Personally, I think its a great idea and look forward to one day trying it out. Although I do agree, the patch may be a little inconvenient to remember.

Helter says:


As odd as it sounds, I’d probably be first in line for this. I regularly find myself in places where either the ambient noise is too loud to hear a phone, or I can’t have the ringer one, yet I don’t always notice the vibration in my pocket.

something that delivered a mild electric shock would be hard to miss, but also wouldn’t draw attention like a loud ringer.

Professor Highbrow (user link) says:

All the above ^

You’ve got a point there… for proper electroshock treatment or enough amperage to contract a muscle, we’d need much more power than a cell phone battery than a rechargable Lithium-Ion cellphone battery. It would be discharged after one “treatment.”

We need a cigaratte lighter adaptor for this to work.

A large capacitor could be charged from the 12V automobile power supply, and discharged upon the victi….mmm I mean cell phone user at an appropriate amperage X voltage = power.

–Professor HighBrow

(business as usual since 1999)

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