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MEMS-packed smartphones are world's biggest wireless sensor net

8/16/2010 03:56 AM EDT
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Duane Benson   9/27/2010 10:54:42 PM
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Related to the Scott NcNealy quote and the statement: "Don't break the law and you have nothing to fear." That's all fine and good if the people deciding what the law is are fair and just. If those making the law decide that it should be illegal to petition for redress or to peaceably assembly in support of a cause that the law-makers don't support, then all of us have something to fear. Our freedoms and privacy are not about having the ability to sneak around and do illegal things without getting caught. They are about ensuring that the government works for us rather than the other way around. There is so much potential good that could come about from a mass-scale connected society. From simple things like always knowing where the bad traffic is and how to avoid it, to life-saving things like instantly transmitting medical emergencies along with health history and location to first-responders. The potential for good is almost unlimited. Unfortunately, we live in s civilization where nefarious elements will take every opportunity to exploit weaknesses and governments without sufficient civilian oversight will try to over-control their citizenry. That's why privacy is still so important. The killer app of the next decade or so is a methodology allowing society to benefit from this new ultra-connected and sensored world without opening all of us up to abuse and exploitation.

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tech_online_is_irritating_but_useful   9/8/2010 10:34:56 PM
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How's this for a use: plain-clothed law enforcement officers roam through a crowd at a protest or a sporting event and use their smart phones to surreptitiously scan the crowd for inflammatory speech. "Offenders" have their voice print and an image of their face logged. Their "good citizen" counter is decremented, and when that counter reaches zero, they vanish.

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p51   8/18/2010 11:50:25 AM
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Mobile gaming will benefit quite a lot from MEMS development, and expectedly we shall see more and more applications making mobility to improve the user's experience. prabhakar_deosthali your example sounds fantastic, but I'm not sure I'd like to see blood stains on my mobile phone, even if it is my own! I recently read of a company doing 'digital bandages', which is similar to what you have described in that it enables monitoring the healing process in a non-intrusive way.

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prabhakar_deosthali   8/18/2010 11:26:49 AM
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In 1960s when the astronauts traveled in space I used to wonder as a kid to read that there heart beat, Bp and vital parameters were being continuously monitored by NASA at the Space center. Now this MEMS enabled smart phone technology has brought such conveniences in our day-to-day life. It is now only up to the imagination of those innovative entrepreneurs as to what applications to churn out of this technological boon. A simple application comes to my naive mind - A Patient makes a call to the doctor and tells him his/her symptoms and the doctor while talking to the patient automatically gets his/her body temperature, BP and pulse rate data on his mobile. may be a small needle pops out of the mobile and the mobile send the blood sugar information of the patient to the doctor's phone. The doctor sends the prescription to the patient's mobile with his digital signature so that the chemist can issue the necessary medicines to the patient ( and of course the patient pays the doctor using the payment gateway!)

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yalanand   8/18/2010 11:03:55 AM
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Google has this application called latitude which tells where were you at what time....already your privacy is in trouble....

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Jan.Mikkelsen   8/18/2010 7:11:11 AM
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Regarding the privacy issues then just have a look at the "cellular world" to see how things become commonly accepted facts of life - and that after a surprisingly short while. Already now any cellphone user leaves his or her digital footprints in operator logfiles. I, for one, do not see the harm in having that footprint expanded with sensor based information that would be useful to the greater community. Privacy, to me, relates to personal information while my whereabouts at any time, left my privacy sphere a long time ago.

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chanj0   8/17/2010 11:17:53 PM
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Privacy is indeed a concern with all these intelligent sensor devices. However, with this much sacrifice, I am more interested in understanding what we are getting out from the technology. The article has listed a lot of potentials in different areas. Apparently, traffic condition and weather/ temperature are some of them. Yet, what are the other value added services that we can introduce to the market to make our life easier?

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VincePG   8/17/2010 4:21:50 AM
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Scott McNealy former Sun CEO said it best, “Privacy is dead, deal with it” That was 1999. In 2010, I think the quote should be, "privacy is dead, enjoy it" Don't break the law and you have nothing to fear. Sensors everywhere means no gun shot would go unlocated. No cry for help will go unheard. No bad guy will go uncaught. My house is protected with senors and cameras, made so cheap I can afford a lot of them. That's good.

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Dr. Phil   8/17/2010 3:40:16 AM
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It's time to start thinking about personal safety. Folks are just getting too connected. It is amazing how quickly folks have compromised their privacy and think nothing of it. No facebook or the others here. I'm out of town...Please come rob my house. p

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Robotics Developer   8/16/2010 9:28:41 PM
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I, for one, look forward to the next generation MEMs enabled devices with both interest and concern. I would like to see the ability to shut off these "features" or to make them "private" to provide the owner/user some privacy. In the coming age, we will have great technology and much improved real life experiences (say for example: real time traffic avoidance) but at a cost of public domain versus privacy issues. It seems every time I check the news (on-line of course) I read about some security breach of personal data from a large corporation. Even the web surfing, emails (private - not really) is all logged and kept. I hope that in the future we the consumers will have options that protect us as well as serve us.

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