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Soon, phones would be able to send Facebook friend request based on proximity

Tuesday November 6, 2018 5:46 PM, News Network

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London: Facebook has patented a creepy new feature that uses sensors on your phone to see you in nearby - and suggest them as a friend.

The firm's patent says the feature could be used when the "first user and the second user forgot to obtain each other's full names and contact information."

It even reveals that phone sensors could spot people with similar movement patterns, The Daily Mail reported Monday.

"In one embodiment, the broadcast trigger can occur when data from at least one of a gyroscope, an accelerometer, or a motion processor of the computing system indicates that the computing system is moving in a movement pattern similar to that of a source of the second wireless communication," the patent says.

It would use a range of sensors, including Bluetooth and NFC, and also analyze signal strength to find out who is nearby. The patent goes on to explain how sensors in the phone could monitor nearby people using the same "connection suggestion module".

It could even use GPS, and analyze "a stationary pattern, a walking pattern, a running pattern, or a vehicle-riding pattern" to find users. In the patent application the firm says it hopes to avoid "missed connections".

"Under conventional approaches, when a first user wants to find a second user within a social networking service, the first user usually has the second user's name, username, or contact information", the patent says.

"However, in some cases, the first user may have met the second user but may not have a convenient or practical way of finding the second user", it adds.

In one example, the first user and the second user meet at a gathering. The first user and the second user become acquainted and decide to connect with each other via a social networking service. During their meeting, the first user and the second user forgot to obtain each other's full names and contact information.

"Furthermore, the first user and second user do not have any mutual connections that are readily recognizable or apparent to each other. Thus, the opportunity for the first and second users to connect can be lost", the patent says.

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