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Re: Microsoft Patents the Body Electric

From: John
Subject: Re: Microsoft Patents the Body Electric
Date: Tue, 22 Jun 2004 22:16:31 GMT
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theodp wrote:

> While others may 'Sing the Body Electric' [1], Microsoft has patented
> it. On Tuesday, the USPTO awarded Microsoft a patent for its 'Method
> and apparatus for transmitting power and data using the human body'
> [2], which covers the use of the human body as a conductive medium
> (bus) over which power, data and control signals may be distributed.
> [1]!.html
> [2],754,472

I'm sure they built and tested such a device, right?  I wonder how many bps
of data they can transmit this way.

What's next, then?  A mind-reading device?  If so, I hereby license all of
my thoughts under the GPL and Creative Commons licenses now and evermore.

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