Use Your Body as a Networking Cable

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Nippon Telegraph and Telephone and its subsidiary NTT DoCoMo have developed a way to use the human body as a way to transmit data at up to 10 Mbps, according to News Interactive.

The technology uses the body’s natural ability to conduct electricity to exchange information between two devices. The body isn’t the only thing that conducts electricity; so do clothes and purses. This allows devices to exchange signals even if they aren’t held in the hand.

The companies see it being used in many of the ways people envision using Bluetooth short-range wireless networks. Potential uses include the ability for a handheld to connect to a mobile phone in a pocket or purse or two people could automatically exchange electronic business cards simply by shaking hands.

There is no word when devices making use of this technology will be available.

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