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Japan creates cell phone that recognizes its owner

Mobile Guerilla | October 31 2006

We know Japan can make a lot of crazy stuff, but this is ridiculous. Their newest invention? A phone that has the ability to recognize its owner and automatically lock when the person gets too far away from it. It can also be found via satellite in case you lose it.

The P903i from NTT DoCoMo comes with a small black card that works as a security key by connecting wirelessly with the cell phone. If the owner keeps the card in his pocket, the phone recognizes when the card moves too far away and locks automatically to prevent others from making a call. People who lose their security cards can unlock the phone by entering a password.

Unfortunately, the phone won't prevent people from getting information from the phone like personal e-mails, but there is something that partially takes care of this problem: the phone's facial identification feature. Here's how that works. Owners must first take at least three photos of themselves with the phone's camera. Then, if the facial-recognition feature is turned on, the phone analyzes features such as distance between the eyes and unlocks the phone if the image matches the stored data.

Pricing for the P903i has not been set yet.


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