September 30, 2002
"Mobile cloak"?

In response to my older posting 'Massive abuse' of privacy feared, Stephen from posted a comment indicating he has a "fix" for privacy abuse:

We provide consumers with a simple method of making their wireless devices shielded from any other wireless device or signal that would want to communicate with it.

Radical Simplicity
The user would block all communication to and from their wireless devices by placing them inside the shielded enclosure "mobileCloak". Communication would be restored when the user removes the device from the shielded enclosure "mobileCloak".

With all due respect; all they have invented is something like a mobile Faraday cage; and who wants that around their cellular phone? The device does only one thing as far as I can see, and that's to render the wireless communication device as useless as if it was turned off...?

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The new G3 phones and other new wireless tech. are "always on". Most RFID tags, Bluetooth, 802.11a, 802.11b, Wi Fi don't have an off switch.

With a mobile Cloak you can have the best of both worlds. Wireless and Privacy.

EZ Pass -
Many states now have transponders/receivers on road sides to monitor EZ Pass drivers, stuff that has nothing to do with paying tolls.

Using mobile Cloak you can drive up to the toll booth, remove the wireless payment device (it will pay the fee) and place it back inside mobile Cloak where it is invisible untill the next time the driver needs to pay a toll.
The driver is in controll of the wireless device not the other way around.

"The [San Francisco] Metropolitan Transportation Commission is to begin installing about 150 roadside transponders in November for a network that will eventually cover 500 miles of freeway. Philip E. Agre, an expert on electronic surveillance, said he believed it was the first routine government use of the technology for any purpose other than collecting tolls."

Posted by: stephen on October 2, 2002 03:59 AM

I can't see anything extraordinary in this invention either. I wouldn't like that around my phone.

Posted by: Diana on June 5, 2004 01:12 AM
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