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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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  • Re:I Don't Get It (Score:3, Informative)

    by tdemark ( 512406 ) on Thursday September 21, 2006 @08:39AM (#16152645) Homepage
    I'm a little confused. The last time I had a Blackberry was in 1999. At that time, the holster had a little metal bar on one side. There was some sort of magnetic switch in the unit that could detect when the unit was removed from the holster - if you had a message waiting and the device was removed from the holster, it would automatically open up to the most recent message and send notification to the sender that the message was received.

    The details might be a little fuzzy, but I specifically remember coworkers removing the bar from their holsters so that when the boss sent them a message, he couldn't tell when they actually received it (with the bar removed, the recipient would get notified that a message was received (ie - vibrate), remove the unit from the holster and see who the message was from without actually opening the message - hence, on the boss's blackberry, the message status would remain "unread").

    This sound like the same exact trigger, but with a slightly different resulting action (instead of "open most recent message" it is "run pickpocket app").

    - Tony
  • Re:Meh... (Score:3, Informative)

    by GweeDo ( 127172 ) on Thursday September 21, 2006 @10:04AM (#16153107) Homepage

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