Wednesday, January 23, 2008

New technology to monitor activity

Microsoft is developing technology to monitor workers' activity levels via their heart rates, according to the Press Association. It is suggested that it could be used to detect whether the people being monitored need assistance, the firm said.

Microsoft indicated that the patent was applied for approximately 18 months ago and the process takes 3 to 5 years to patent the technology through the US Patent and Trade Office.

The new technology could monitor and analyze computer users' physical activity, as reported by the Press Associate release.
A Microsoft spokesperson said, "This particular patent application, in general, describes an innovation aimed at improving activity monitoring systems and uses the monitoring of user heart rate as an example of the kind of physical state that could be monitored to detect when users need assistance with their activities, and to offer assistance by putting them in touch with other users who may be able to help."

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