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Stephen Downes

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You may have seen reports today of a new NTT DoCoMo technology that allows people to exchange personal contact information merely by shaking hands. It's a cool idea, but not that new. As this item suggests, the concept of a personal area network (PAN) using human bodies as amplifiers has been around since 1996 when IBM floated the concept at its Almaden Research Center. That doesn't mean that nothing will happen with this one. The idea of being able to wear something - a Star Trek Badge, say - that will let us communicate with people and devices merely by touching them is too alluring to ignore.

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