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No Ma'am, that really is a phone in my pocket.

By mr_m_sween ·
"A new Apple patent application, entitled "Seamlessly Embedded Heart Rate Monitor," was revealed by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this week. It describes a hidden, built-in iPhone sensor that would detect a user's heartbeat when the phone is picked up. That biometric data can be used to identify an individual."

"The application also references another patent from Apple, revealed in January, that would sense a user's mood and choose media based on their emotional state. That application described software that could select music in response to a user's mood, through a system that would determine whether they are happy, sad, angry, or something else." -

So Apple has a patent on heart-rate reading tech for their iphones. Now I wont bother with all rational thoughts on this because frankly, that?s not what I want to do at the end of a long hard day.

Instead, I want to focus on the lawls. Given the techs use of choosing music and media based on reading heart rate information, what funny or awkward situations can you think of that may result.

For instance, looking up from a cup of coffee, seeing a very attractive woman and having your new application start playing "Brickhouse" by The Commodores loud enough for everyone involved to hear it.

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Or being in a very tense meeting with senior management

by Deadly Ernest In reply to No Ma'am, that really is ...

and the phone starts to play "You can take this job and shove it."

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That was good, DE!

by Ron K. In reply to Or being in a very tense ...

Off topic-because I feel like it...

I don't get the cell phone thing. I don't want to dink with applications on a small, smeary screen. I want my phone to ring, not play a sonata. I want someone to pick up when I call instead of seeing who is calling and saying screw it. :^0 Maybe a slight bit of paranoia there. <br>
I have a TracFone. Ten bucks a month so that my wife and the 'kids' can reach me if they ever need to. I've talked on it for less than 5 minutes in the past 3 months. <br>
Thinking back, the longest conversation I've had in years, besides Skype, was when Soni called me for that podcast.<br>
My little TracFone does everything I need from a phone. It lets me talk to others. To me, the rest of the features are just fluff. The phone companies just love that texting too. Have you seen how much that costs. Screw that!<br>
For those who want to spend the big bucks for all of the features, fine, have a blast. My one warning: If you text while driving or are on your cell phone when you plow into me or mine you'd better have great insurance because you'll need every penny of it.<br>

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Spot-on-topic, I'd say.

by seanferd In reply to That was good, DE!

I really have to agree with you here. Any time app-proliferation comes up, discussion the opposite usage style is entirely within bounds.

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TracFone? You live large.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to That was good, DE!

I'm considering a Jitterbug, just for emergencies.

I don't get it either. I have no desire to be in constant contact via even one method, much less three or four (voice, IM, text, e-mail, walkie-talkie).

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I have 300, some odd , carry over minutes.

by Ron K. In reply to TracFone? You live large ...

I bought a phone that always doubles minutes. I get a 45 minute store card for 30 bucks and it gives me 90 minutes and an activation time of 90 days. You might want to check to see if Jitterbug offers double minutes. <br>
If you buy more minutes before your card/phone expires your minutes carry over.<br>
TracFone makes it easy to add additional minuites online. Less than five minutes at their website, after first registering. Scratch the number-cover off of the back of the card, with your phone turned on, enter the number and within 3-5 minutes you're updated,

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I believe Jitterbug autobills

by CharlieSpencer In reply to I have 300, some odd , ca ...

Something like $15 for 30 minutes monthly.

I've got a flat rate with unlimited domestic minutes for local and LD on my land line. I'm not interested in using a cell for routine callling, and I've got to have the land line for DSL anyway.

I'm not concerned about roll-over (or the lack thereof) on a mobile phone. I'm looking at it only for emergency purposes (breakdowns, delays on long trips, etc.). I don't want to reach for the it in an emergency and find I forgot to keep the pre-paid card up to date.

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My TracFone warns me how many days I have left.

by Ron K. In reply to I believe Jitterbug autob ...

It runs across the screen every time I turn it on.<br>
I believe that I could also do auto-billing with TracFone but that feature doesn't interest me. So far I've remembered to get the time/minutes card. It's convenient to buy as I get it at our general purpose store that we visit every Monday for groceries and whatever.<br>

It's cool you're happy with your Jitterbug. We should talk sometime. :)

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Oh, I'm not happy with it.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to My TracFone warns me how ...

I'm not unhappy either; I don't own one. I've seen the ads, and it looks like it does everything I need a phone to do (make calls). But I haven't purchase one, or any other cell phone.

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Oh that's right.

by Ron K. In reply to My TracFone warns me how ...

I stsrted out recommening TracFone. I lose track, dammit. The TracFone is about as unobtrusive as can be. That's what I like. Simple and doesn't bother me. <br>
You do have to tell the TracFone people that you want to opt-out of their special offers because they'll call you. It took one time of telling them that I want off of their calling list and I've never heard from them again.

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by spawnywhippet In reply to I believe Jitterbug autob ...

Landlines? Aren't they those bits of copper that imprison you in your house?

I had one sometime in the last millenium I think, but personally I would prefer to spend 1 hour of my wages per month on being able to read my email, texts, mobile internet and phone calls wherever in the world I happen to be.
Seeing as I travel a lot, and so do most people I know, a landline would be utterly useless.

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