New uses of a smart phone, both good and bad.

As I was searching the net for the term paper, I came upon 2 new uses for a smart phone, one good and one criminal.
The criminal use is placing a smart phone near a keyboard and using the smartphone’s accelerometer and orientation sensor to record each vibration made by a keyboard stroke to steal password, etc. While this technology is in it’s infancy, it shows the ever changing ways to steal information.
A good use of smartphones it to equip each one with detection devices to detect things like radiation, chemicals and possibly viruses. Using the GPS on hundreds of smartphones, an outbreak can be detected an located quickly. Of course, someone will complain that this is a violation of their privacy, so it’s doubtful that it will ever be enacted by the general public in the near future.

http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/srdetect20111024-universal-detection-developing-radiation-detector-for-smartphones

http://techland.time.com/2011/10/18/smartphones-can-use-vibrations-to-steal-passwords/?hpt=hp_t2

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One thought on “New uses of a smart phone, both good and bad.

  1. Smart phones are amazing devices. With any technology there are always those who find ways to exploit it. Cell phones have been GPS enabled for 911 for quite some time now, so it would be interesting to see how the public would react to using smart phones for tracking viruses and possible containing major out breaks.

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