Saturday 23 September 2017

The mobile that know's you're mobile – never forget your phone again

A new device will alert you if you are leaving your phone behind. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto
A new device will alert you if you are leaving your phone behind. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

I HAVE left my phone on the roof of a car and driven off before, only luckily to discover what I had done at the next set of traffic lights and return to safely retrieve it.

Other people have told me they panicked in the shopping centre when they realised they had left their mobile on the dash.

It is easy for it to happen as our phones so often double up as MP3 and sat nav systems as well these days.

And few items will tempt a thief as much to smash and grab than the sight of a mobile on the dash or in the centre console.

Indeed, I have been warned by family members several times to even hide the phone-charge leads, because a thief might take a chance the phone is still around.

Now it is reported that engineers at Denso Corporation in Japan have come up with a device to alert you to the fact you are leaving the phone behind.

By using Bluetooth and/or other wireless connections, they expect your phone will 'sense' when you are going – and leaving without it.

They will be able to set up connections in such a way that they will be able to monitor when the engine has stopped or the handbrake is on or the key is out of the ignition or the seat belts are released.

All indicators that you are heading off.

Under such circumstances it will 'conclude' that you are about to leave it behind, unless you have stuffed it into the handbag or coat.

It will tell the car to sound an alarm – a bit like it does when you leave lights on are not wearing your seatbelt. Sounds like a worthwhile piece of equipment.

No idea when it will be generally available so you'll have to rely on yourself for the moment.

Irish Independent

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