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Oberthur Announces Motion Detecting SIM Cards

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Feb 18, 2009, 6:23 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Oberthur Technologies introduced a new SIM card that can sense motion. SIMsense will allow phones that aren't equipped with accelerometers to use motion and gestures to interact with the phone. Some of the things it can do include the ability to shake or tap the handset to send predetermined text messages when already on a call, shake or tap the phone to open the main menu, or send out an emergency alert if the phone/user falls. SIMSense works by including accelerometers and temperature captors that enable motion detection on the SIM card. SIMsense technology is meant for cellular network operators to enable and choose which services it will provide to the handsets in which SIMsense SIM cards are installed.

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Feb 23, 2009, 10:28 AM

or send out an emergency alert if the phone/user falls?

This doesn't seem like a good idea. If you drop your phone it calls 911? Maybe people will be more careful with their phones!
You can argue both sides. I think this is a great idea for those elder folks. Walking the dog around the park and slip on some ice? hard fall and possibly hurt your wrist making it even more difficult to get up? This could help save someones grandma a...
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