Ericsson ‘in discussions’ with mobile partners over Connected Me tech

Gigaom

Networking is an important skill to have these days, but this interpretation of the idea is more literal than most: Ericsson, which has been working for a while on a form of capacitive coupling that turns the user into a human cable, is apparently in talks that could lead to commercialization.

After all, we’re full of water and as such we make pretty good conductors. Based on this principle, the Swedish company has got what it calls ‘Connected Me’ working at up to 10Mbps. And, according to Ericsson R&D strategist Jan Hederen, there’s now interest in putting the tech into smartphones.

“We are in discussions with partners in the mobile space,” Hederen told me. “That is really the platform where this technology takes off. Mobile broadband together with the smartphone: that is the infrastructure that is needed.”

Needed for what? A simple example cited by Hederen is that of an…

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