By David Ponce

The image doesn’t really have anything to do with this piece of news. That being said, you should know that Finnish scientists at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland have invented a device to make it harder to steal mobile phones and laptops by enabling them to detect changes in their owner’s walking style.

The idea is that gaits are a little like fingerprints: everyone’s walk is different. The first time you walk out with your cell, motion sensors would register your specific walk. Then, if the phone ever detects a different walking style, it could prompt the user for a password. If that user is a thief, well, the phone is useless.

Sounds good to me, however the technology has not yet been adopted or implemented by cellphone manufacturers.

More here. Also, video here. Story VIA Textually.


  1. I’m not sure how this would work. Granted, I’m not a person who knows Walking Science. But, you walk out of a cellphone store with a new cellphone, you’re feeling good and your walk is jaunty. You get your first bill, and your walk is all depressed and slow.

    Heaven forbig you should get completely drunk and stagger out of a bar somewhere. When you fall into a ditch, your cellphone would not only refuse to let you call for help, it would alert other people that it was stolen.