Talk about convergence. These days, mobile phones wear a variety of different hats – phone, music player, email client, camera, gaming device, calendar, etc. (you get the picture). This “convergence” of technology is the future for mobile phones.
Now it seems there’s another feature to include into our mobile phones – a fertility monitor. If Samsung gets their way, we may just see future handsets from the South Korean handset manufacturer sporting a fertility monitor. The technology would measure a woman’s basal body temperature (resting body temp.) and distance to her eardrum to determine when she is most fertile.
From the documentation:
when the woman’s menstruation period is set between 28 to 30 days, the days may be divided into a low temperature period and a high temperature period, based on the ovulation day. In this instance, the low temperature day indicates around about 14 days from a first day of menstruation to the ovulation day. During the low temperature period, the woman’s temperature falls and the endometrium gets thicker due to acts of ovarian follicle hormones to be ready to receive a fertilized egg. A body temperature may significantly fall for a certain period before changing from the low temperature period to the high temperature period. The woman ovulates at any time between the certain period and two or three days before the high temperature period. The ovarian follicle after the ovulation becomes corpus luteum and LH is produced, which makes the endometrium softer so that an egg may be easily implanted. During this period, the body temperature rises… the fertile period may correspond to 7 days before the ovulation day and 4 days after the ovulation day.
The patent app outlines a method to use a laser or ultrasonic technology to measure the distance to the eardrum, and an infrared sensor to measure the basal body temperature. These measurements would be processed through the phone’s software to track the user’s menstrual and fertility cycle.
So, the next time you think about “getting it on” with your significant other, it might be a good idea to whip out that Samsung phone and find out what your chances of making a baby are.
Samsung sure has been busy with patent applications recently.
[Via: Unwired View]