Smartphone theft is a great concern especially since they don’t come cheap and there is always the risk of your private data falling into the wrong hands. Manufacturers have come up with a lot of solutions over the past few years, but there is still no stopping theft. Even with the aid of passcodes and biometric verifications, some phones can be hacked after a simple factory reset. So, we need something better. Ericsson has come up with a patented high-tech anti-theft mechanism called the ‘Adaptive Friction’. It exists only on paper as of yet, but let’s see what it’s all about.
Adaptive Friction By Ericsson - Hit or Miss?
The phone will basically use multiple sensors to stay aware of its contextual environment. The environment could be your pocket, a table, a bag etc. Data will be analyzed with the help of microphones, light sensor, camera and gyroscope. When someone lays hands on the device, it will analyze the touch to determine whether it’s the user or not. The idea is that the phone will analyze if the grasp is a confident grab or sneeky pinch at the corner. It even aims to analyze the heartbeat and compare it to the already known patterns of the owner’s heartbeat.
If the phone ‘thinks’ that it is being grabbed by a stranger, then it will vibrate at ultrasonic frequencies making it (in theory), extremely slippery and hard to grab by the ‘thief’. This particular mechanism led to the name ‘Adaptive Friction’. According to the patent, the technology can also be utilized to make the phone super ‘sticky’ and make it harder for the phone to drop from the users hands. The whole idea seems pretty interesting but there are still a lot of questions that come to one’s mind, right? How will it work and will it be effective? When will we be able to get our hands on this technology and will more manufacturers come up with such mechanisms?
We probably will have to wait some time for something like this to come up and there is always a possibility that we may never get this technology. However, the idea seems pretty unique and is definitely something I would love to get my hands on! What do you think? Will it be a hit or a miss?