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A Blackberry Pickpocket Notification System 83

Crackberry Guy writes "Research In Motion, the maker of the Blackberry, is looking into offering a wireless device that aims to thwart thieves and ease the minds of those who are prone to misplacing their handheld units. According to the recent patent application, the new device would be carried in a holster armed with a wireless transceiver. The handheld unit could be switched to a pickpocket mode so that once it's removed from the holster, a wireless alert message would be sent to the user. Unless a user authentication code is input in a predetermined length of time, the device's data would be rendered unusable."
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A Blackberry Pickpocket Notification System

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  • by devstuff (1004268) <> on Thursday September 21, 2006 @07:29AM (#16152618) Homepage
    There is already a device just as useful as this. Available in most stores as well! What is this amazing device..? A piece of string Tie end A around wrist and tie end B around black berry. Upon your precious black berry being picked pocketed it immediately starts feedback and upon getting to far from your person alerts you by a careful tug on the arm. It even stops you leaving your black berry on a desk by mistake, as soon as you start walking off your black berry will follow. All for less then the price of pen.
  • by Tsu-na-mi (88576) on Thursday September 21, 2006 @07:43AM (#16152661) Homepage
    And just how many executives do YOU know who are capable of remembering their passwords?
  • by Frumious Wombat (845680) on Thursday September 21, 2006 @07:51AM (#16152703)
    I've actually been more in favor of a system where if your laptop, cell phone, crackberry gets more than a predetermined distance from you, it explodes. Having dealt with people who've had their computers stolen, I really think this should be a standard feature, and now, thanks to Dell, it probably is.

    In all seriousness, there should just be an option to have it charge a capacitor, which would then deliver enough of a jolt to fuse some critical components, rendering the device useless and the data safe.
  • Meh... (Score:3, Funny)

    by jconley (28741) on Thursday September 21, 2006 @08:14AM (#16152797) Homepage
    I like the theft deterrent from the sprint commercials better
  • by emmaussmith (256072) on Thursday September 21, 2006 @09:46AM (#16153460)
    Pickpockets are dumb - how many kazillions of car stereos have simiar anti-theft technology built in, but theifs still take them?
    They must be a pretty good pickpocket if they can take a car stereo out of your pocket. If I were carrying something that bulky around in my pocket, I'd definitely notice it was missing.

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