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In what much surely be the last push to get more functionality into a SIM card, Oberthur has managed to squeeze an accelerometer into SIM, with the claim of turning any phone into a Wii-like controller. SIM chips are marvellous cryptographic authentication devices, but not much else despite repeated attempts to fit more …

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  1. Elmer Phud
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    Jizzus mobe upgrade?

    "but navigating a cascade of text menus by shaking the phone is too strange even for us"

    Isn't that the little iPhones app called 'Onan'?

  2. Anonymous Coward
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    Not quite. . .

    "In what much surely be the last push to get more functionality into a SIM card"

    This is obviously a gimmick and not real progress. The problem is getting the manufacturers and telco's to agree on any changes to the UICC design (not to mention bodies involved which run to: ISO, IETF, OMA, ETSI, GSM and 3GPP).

    I've seen a gigabyte USB IPv6 USIM running Apache . . . . weather anything like that will ever come to market is obviously a different matter. An IPv6 SIM twinned with a handset running ad hoc WiFi and GPS; that'd be a Web 2.0 companies dream, but we'll probably have to wait a loooong time for that one.

    More likely is a converged card that operates all your digital auth requirements (phone, banking & payments, access etc.) but that requires a lot of openness from a lot more businesses.

  3. Paul Kinsler
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    An accelerometer?

    Excellent! I'll be able to do kinematics experiments using my mobile!

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