Interesting Theft sys.


An Apple patent application spotted Thursday by AppleInsider shows a system for detecting unusual motion via a portable gadget’s accelerometer which would sound an alarm, making said device harder to steal without causing unwanted attention. The system is a simple one, without the kind of sophisticated face detection we saw in a previous application, but it could be much more effective for curbing thefts at the moment they occur.

The Apple application describes a system by which an accelerator sensor is triggered by movement which qualifies as a “theft condition,” which would mean not just any motion, but specifically sudden or sudden changes. Obviously the worry is that in using a system like this, just about any action could trigger it – what’s the difference between hastily grabbing your iPhone when you’re late for an appointment, or a thief grabbing it quickly off a college cafeteria table when you’ve got…

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