Japanese scientists are working out ways to power a wireless network using the body's ability to conduct electric signals.
According to Associated Press reports, researchers at Nippon Telegraph and Telephone have confirmed that data transmission through the body is possible at broadband speeds.
The company did not disclose the strength, possible costs or other details of the electric signals, but said that mobile devices equipped with the technology could communicate with each other and relay data using weak electric signals carried through the body.
They believe that when it is perfected it will be possible to exchange telephone numbers, email addresses and other information by just shaking hands or touching someone.
The technology could also allow people to communicate with machines in ways that require identification, such as tapping a door to get it to unlock or touching a desk to start a PC.
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