Secure Human-Internet using Dynamic Human Body Communication

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The evolution of computing has led to widespread growth of wearable smart devices (fitness trackers, smartphones, apple watch, pressure sensors, etc.); the signals communicating with each other on the person form a network known as Human-Intranet and are typically connected via Bluetooth. However, Human Body Communication (HBC) has recently emerged as an energy-efficient and secure alternative that uses the human body as a communication medium. While there is a usable network encompassing a single person, there is no method for expanding this personalized network any further.

Researchers at Purdue University have developed a secure human-internet device using dynamic human communication. This wearable device is capable of communicating human-human or human-machine interactions to create dynamic HBC channels for information exchange (e.g. business card exchange) during actions like handshaking, subsequently expanding the network to usable Human-Internet. The system proposed isolates Human-Intranet/Internet exclusively to the person or people within the interaction. For the first time, inter-body dynamic HBC has been demonstrated with data speeds up to 130 Kbps and superior energy efficiency (more than 8X) over Bluetooth, opening the possibilities for significant future research in the domain of Human-Internet.

-Energy efficient

Potential Applications:
-Human intranet/internet
-Information exchange
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United States
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Utility Patent
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United States
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