A patent that RIM filed back in 2009 has finally been approved. The patent is a motion based CAPTCHA that is suppose to prevent people from texting on your smartphone
while driving. The way it works, is when you get to a certain speed you device detects that motion and essentially locks down your device. The only way back into your device to send a text, or read a email, would be to enter in the correct information based upon a image that you can observe on the screen, hence the CAPTCHA. When I first read this story over on Engadget
, I thought, oh no, how dumb is that! I don't know any avid texter that this feature would stop from simply texting the answer to the CAPTCHA, which defeats the entire purpose of preventing the user from texting while driving!
However, I may see a progression here. The next logical step to this patent idea would be to take the CAPTCHA away and only allow the user to dial an emergency number/s while driving (or running). It would be a tragedy to have your phone locked down, get into a accident, and then not being to make a call while trapped inside the vehicle.
These types of patents are a normal process of innovation and deduction. I've seen crazier. What do you think of this patent idea?