which are most likely stolen. It may even be more desirable now
than wallet, jewelry and watches. It is easy money for thieves
because there’s no scarcity in prospective buyers.
One of the latest technologies devised to *hopefully* lessen, if
not completely eradicate cellphone theft is a “Walking style-based
recognition” system, which incorporates the mobile device to the
way the owner walks. Yep, you heard it right, the way the owner
walks. Its main principle is based on gait, which refers
to the different aspects of a user’s movement. The system has
various sensors in order to measure the user’s gait. Of course,
upon purchase, measurements of the user’s “gaitcode” would be taken
and stored in memory, which would be checked periodically. This
checking is performed automatically and doesn’t require any input
from the owner. If the gaitcode doesn’t match, the device would
shut down, and would require proper authentication in order to
This method certainly sounds promising because it could also be
applied to other electronic gadgets which caters our various
personal needs such as laptops, PDA’s, ipods, etc.
This would mean that these personal gadgets would certainly have to
be personal. Borrowing or lending them are big no-no’s
because only the authentic owner whose gaitcode matches the one in
the device would be able to use it. Come to think of it, even the
registered owner may find instances where the device won’t work for
them. Depending on how the sensors are placed, or how they measure
the movement, certain situations would lead to changes in movement.
These include being impaired in movemet when you’re injured and
must move limply or, difference in the way you walk due to
uncomfortable shoes, or difference in the pavement you walk on.
There are still lost of questions and what-if’s with regards to the
utilization of gaitcode for security enforcement. Let’s just wait
and see if it would actually be implemented…
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