Yep. You’ve read the headline right. Samsung has just filed the patent application for a mobile phone that will help you practice safe sex Well, almost.
The phone in question will not protect you from various STD’s, you’ll have to use your own discretion for that. But it will tell you about the days when you can “do it” without the risk of getting yourself or your partner pregnant.
The phone will do that by monitoring woman’s menstruation cycle through the measurement of basal body temperature (BBT) and determining fertile and infertile periods.
Here’s the medical trivia from the patent application:
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.
This process is pretty well known and is among very few “natural” family planning measures currently allowed by Catholic church. However, it is really cumbersome to practice in real life, since you have to take daily body temperature measurements, keep daily basal body temperature charts, etc;.
This is where your new Samsung phone comes in. The phone will have ultrasonic or laser based distance sensor and infrared ray temperature sensor installed around it’s speaker. Whenever you make a phone call, distance sensor measures the location of the phone relative to your eardrum and infrared sensor measures the temperature inside your eardrum.
The rest is up to the phone software, which processes the measurements, transforms them into BBT records, determines fertile and infertile periods of the menstruation cycle and provides you with recommendations.
Simple, elegant and, from what my wife tells me, really convenient.
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