Communications path by simple touch

Communications path by simple touch

This is really, really awesome:

RedTacton is a Human Area Networking technology developed by NTT Docomo, that uses the surface of the human body as a network transmission path. Communication starts when the skin comes in contact with a transceiver and ends with physically separation.

The system works through shoes and clothing as well.

Potential advantages include:
- services tailored to the individual needs of the user;
- as communication is triggered by natural human actions, there is no need to insert smart cards, connect cables, tune frequencies;
- setup, registration, and configuration information for an user can all be uploaded to a device the instant the device is touched, eliminating the need for the device to be registered or configured in advance;
- tables, walls, floors and chairs can act as conductors and dielectrics, turning furniture and other architectural elements into a new class of transmission medium. For example, you could have instant access to the Internet by placing a laptop onto a conductive tabletop.
- the system could be installed on any locations calling for secure access, such that each secure access could be initiated and authenticated with a simple touch.

From the amazing Near Near Future Blog.


  1. Oh, so you noticed this too, have you Ben? This sounds like the ideal technology to deliver audiovisual data to consumer color eyewear. And wasn't Microsoft researching a similar path for power delivery? The more wires we can cut out of the device, the better


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