Docomo's Firmo turns you into a human USB plug

The brains at NTT Docomo's research lab have been hard at work trying to figure out yet another way to tie Japanese salarymen closer to work, and their latest invention just might do the trick. The system, ominously called Firmo, pairs a tiny card transmitter with human body contact, thus allowing data transmission through a partially organic interface facilitated by an AC electric field. The electric field is capable of transmitting all sorts of data including PC information, security information and even entertainment files like MP3s. NTT hopes to offer the technology commercially in June for around 800,000 yen ($7,780), details here.

Via NTT