Cell Phone Dating Using Bluetooth

26 August 2008 at 17:32 | Posted in Bluetooth, Cell Phone, Cell Phone Dating, Cell Phone Security, Electronic Identification, Inventions, Mobile Phone, Mobile Phone Dating, Mobile Phone Security, Security Access Systems, Social Networking | Leave a comment
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Observation one: Have you ever had your cell phone’s Bluetooth on when entering a bus or a train, and looked at the Bluetooth devices list? Every time I do this, a whole list of devices pops up on my screen: many people have Bluetooth, and they keep it on at all times.

Observation two: Dating and generally meeting people can be a difficult game. In many cultures, particularly the Western ones (as opposed to Latin and some other cultures), people can easily be lonely because they cannot seem to find the right way to approach others and fear of rejection is culturally more emphasized. In addition, many old people are lonely because they may lose their partner and then do not know how to find new friends. Other examples can easily be added.

Observation three: Almost everyone has a cell phone these days, and almost all cell phones have Bluetooth.

So: what if someone wrote an application that would compare a set of “flags” (software switches that can be set to either “yes” or “no”) in a cell phone with a set of flags in another cell phone.

If a pre-set number of flags match, the owners of both sets (or only one, depending on setup of the system by each user) would be notified.

It would work like this: When I set up the system, a large number of questions is asked and answered (for easier use, the questions could perhaps be answered online or at least on a computer, with the answers transferred to the cell phone, to avoid having to type it all on the small keypad of the phone). The questions could include (first) name, sex, age, area where living, many questions on a wide range of interests (based on drop-down menus, to ensure exact keyword matching), type of relationship wanted (friendship, one-night-stand, serious relationship, or even business relationship, etc.), plus various user-determinable settings.

The system would allow for active or passive “trawling” (for example, I could set my phone to only “listen” on Bluetooth and alert only me to a nearby “match” with my flags, or I could set the phone to also “broadcast” so the other user would also be alerted to a match happening).

Additionally, users could be flagged as “registered” (e.g. identity verified) by for example the cell phone company, which would add a layer of security for a matching user.

This system could be used as an additional layer of convenience for dating in nightclubs and bars, but also in the bus or the supermarket, for example.

Additionally, people could find potential friends with the same interest. This would also be beneficial for older people, who often are alone.

Finally, an adaptation of a system like this could be used for identification and security purposes, with a “locked” set of flags in the phone, in combination with a picture and perhaps other identifying and/or security data, allowing the phone to be used as an access tool (to confirm someone’s eligibility to enter or be somewhere, for example).

NOTE (added 28 August): I just found out that apparently there are already services like this in existence. Don’t have time to check it out right now but you might be able to google for details… As I mention in the “About itimes3” page, I don’t usually check for details and at times an invention or idea I publish may already exist, which is apparently the case with this one.

If you like this idea and you work in a type of industry where this is relevant, I would be happy to discuss in more detail, answer questions or assist in other ways. For details and contact information please see the “About itimes3” page.

George Spark

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Biometric Cell Phone Security

3 August 2008 at 21:50 | Posted in Biometric Security, Biometrics, Cell Phone, Cell Phone Security, Innovations, Mobile Phone, Mobile Phone Security, Security | Leave a comment
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Well this one is for the Sunday night (Sydney time), a bit of a shorter one, its been a busy day walking around the Supa Centre for hours and hours with my girlfriend buying furniture for her new apartment, so I’m kind of tired 😉

But to return to the subject: have you ever wondered if anyone has been messing with your cell phone (mobile) in your absence at any stage in the past? You probably have, if an informal poll amongst my friends is correct (the far majority thought that their phone had been messed with at least at some point in the past).

It could have been a partner checking the phone out of (legit or paranoid) jealousy for messages, numbers or calls of a competitor, or it could have been someone wanting to make a free international call, or any conceivable other reason.

Now laptop computers have had fingerprint readers for some time, at least on a fair number of models from different manufacturers; however what surprises me is that cellphone manufacturers have (as far as I know at least) never included biometric security in their products so far.

I have seen all sorts of password or “image-sequence” protection systems, but they are time consuming to work with so one would expect them to be disabled by the user.

So the reason I am writing this is to suggest to cell phone manufacturers to include one or more biometric security devices in their products.

This could be a fingerprint reader, which would prevent anyone but the legitimate owner access the phone, an iris scanner (which would use the phone’s camera to scan the iris and would unlock upon viewing the owner’s iris), or a different option such as taking a snapshot of the owner which would be checked against a stored image.

I’m really quite surprised that as far as I know none of the cell phone manufacturers have integrated any biometric security until today.

If you like this idea and you work in a type of industry where this is relevant, I would be happy to discuss in more detail, answer questions or assist in other ways. For details and contact information please see the “About itimes3” page.

George Spark

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