Japanese cellphone can unlock car, start engine
Japan has once again proved themselves as the innovation guru as their new technology combines a cellphone and a car key. Basically it works by having the car recognize the key when it is near and starting the engine when you step into the car.
A new Japanese mobile phone will automatically unlock the doors of its owners' cars and let drivers start their engines without using an ignition key.
The phone, built by Sharp, uses a technology previously developed by Nissan Motor called "Intelligent Key" that allows drivers enter and start their cars without removing their keys from their pockets or bags.
Cars equipped with the system sense when the correct key is nearby, automatically unlocking their car doors, and allow the engine to be started once the key is brought inside the car. Nissan said it has shipped about a million cars with the technology in Japan since 2002.
The new twist on this technology is that it is loaded in a phone. The service will work on the mobile network operated by NTT DoCoMo, Japan's largest mobile operator.
I forgot who said this, might have been Marshall McLuhan, but he had an idea something along this line. Humans in a way are degressing as technologies are becoming more inventive and taking over our everyday skills. For example. If a shoe tying machine was created where it would automatically tie our shoes for us in 1second, sooner or later, humans will lose the ability to know how to tie our shoes. That skill will just diminish as something is doing it for us. I am sure this has happened throughout history where once the majority knows how to start a fire with natural resources, but now only the minority knows how. What I am getting to is, if more and more technologies are created to do jobs for us, sooner or later we're all going to be useless and not have the simple know hows.
Nonetheless, I think this is very cool. I can already think of all the problems that are going to arise with this new technology. On top of that list is definitely, crime.