Imagine that your body is part of a network – able to transmit information, images and codes – simply by touching an object. This ability is now possible through a technology known as capacitive coupling. Connected Me is an Ericsson concept that demonstrates capacitive coupling, and the power of touch, at speeds of up to 10Mbps.
The human body works like an electrical circuit, with both capacitance and resistance and through capacitive coupling it becomes possible to transmit data to and from a mobile device using the body as a cable. Connected Me is a concept for human body communication that will make life a whole lot simpler. Imagine unlocking a door by holding the handle, confirming a purchase by touching the check-out counter, exchanging business cards by shaking hands or connecting to a printer simply by touching it.
Looking further ahead, more advanced applications become possible such as embedded medical devices or printed electronics that allow you to grab links, downloads and information, just by touching a piece of paper.
The ability to transfer data through touch represents the ultimate in super-simple connectivity. So ask yourself this: how connected are you?
Transfer data through touch
Connected Me makes use of our natural instinct to touch things while using our body to transmit information at high speeds.
Connected Me infographic
The human body can be part of a communications network. With one hand on a smartphone and the other on a connected device, it is possible to transmit information instantly and at high speeds.
Networked Society Blog
Learn how the super simple Connected Me concept could change business, security, health, entertainment and more by using the natural properties of our body. Watch the video.
Connectivity and the Networked Society have enabled us to work, play and live simpler, more reliable lives. Smartphones and mobile broadband have given us access to information and freedom that we have not previously experienced. This integrated simplicity is very important for the future: by offering the consumer an enhanced experience, life becomes richer.
What if through touch we could do more than turn something on or off, lift or carry an object and so on? What if we could use the human body as a wire? What if we could use it as a part of a communication network?
How your body can transmit data (BBC)
Swedish Giant Turns People Into Conductors (WSJ)
Ericsson CEO is a human HDMI cable, and he’s not afraid (CNET)