How to unlock an iPhone with a ring

by Mark R

I’ve recently got a Motorola Droid X phone (which I will probably review later on this site), and I found that getting yourself a smartphone with a pure touchscreen interface can lead a user to all kinds of security issues.

After all, the screen will activate with any touch, and so anyone with a finger can access my e-mail and possibly the important information available there.

A man named Michael Knuepel has come up with a way to make an iPhone screen accessible with a secret ring. It sounds like something from a spy movie (a bad one) but he’s perfected the proof of concept, as seen in the video after the jump.

I’m not certain how the ring works. Perhaps there is some sort of chip in there that sends a message to the iPhone that the “key is in the lock” so to speak. It reminds me of the days when messages had to be sealed with wax and a specially molded ring.

Granted, the ring in the video looks like something that only Green Lantern would wear, but if it could be put on a normal-sized ring, like a wedding ring or class ring, then we have a marketable iPhone accessory with the bonus of some added mobile phone security!

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One review or comment

Bob Says: December 30, 2010 at 6:11 pm

This is nutty,it appears to be a solution to a non-existent problem. We’ve owned iPhones since the very first day the original iPhone was released years ago and have never ever had an accidental touch unlock the screen. It actually takes two touches (and both have to be different, since one is a button touch this inventor is just missing the point completely).

I did used to have this problem with all my previous Nokia, Ericsson and Motorola phones calling out unexpectedly (sometimes on a daily basis) so I am very aware and sensitive to the problem. This is just not an issue on the iPhone so I would move on, nothing to see here.

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