Using environmental sensors, the device could stop users from being called or texted at inappropriate times.
Using sensors to detect its surrounding environment, Microsoft is developing a phone that can stop its customers from being disturbed by calls, texts and updates at inappropriate times. The Telegraph reports that the sensors could measure different aspects such as the phone’s location, direction, movement, time, light levels, temperature and pressure.
This information could be used to determine where the user was and what they were doing and their status could be automatically updated on messages and social networks. Calls could also be diverted, so family and friends know they are currently unavailable.
Microsoft recently published a patent application that reveals details about the phone. It’s sensors could enable the phone to detect that a room is dark and decide that the user is asleep.
The GPS could detect that the phone was in a cinema or theatre and divert calls to voicemail or prevent texts from getting through. Also, if the user was driving, the phone could ask callers to phone on hands-free rather than sending a text or instant message.