Re: LEGAL: Alternatives to imprisonment

Michael Lorrey (
Mon, 08 Mar 1999 23:08:57 -0500

Billy Brown wrote:

> Michael S. Lorrey wrote:
> > The unit could have a kinetic battery that uses a solenoid to
> > generate power
> > from the movement of the wearer.
> Maybe. Current radio systems (based on cell phone tech) would need more
> power than you could generate this way, but the power requirements are
> dropping as the technology continues to improve.

Another idea I had was to have coils in the soles of one's shoes that will draw power from grids embedded in hallways and walkways, etc. Or using the same power unit found in the soles of those damn LED lit sneakers.....must be a peizo generator.

> > Only if it doesn't have a tolerance built in. Say 5 minutes. The wearer is
> > notified when a signal is lost, and they MUST get to a hardwired station
> to
> > report their location within that time frame.
> I'm picturing a system that sends a brief message at varying intervals
> (otherwise the energy drain is too large to be practical). Since you don't
> want the wearer to know when the next transmission is due, there will be
> times when it gets blocked for perfectly legitimate reasons (subway trips,
> for instance). Ideally we would like this situation to be handled by some
> automated system, in order to minimize costs.
> The hardwired-station idea would work, but we'd have to build an awful lot
> of them (probably several hundred thousand just to cover major urban areas
> in the U.S.), and even then you have to give the wearer enough time to get
> to one (maybe 10-15 minutes?). Otherwise there will be lots of "false
> alarms" due to innocuous activity, which will require human attention and
> thus cost money.

if it is a phone based system, just have a phone jack on the unit, so the user can plug themselves in... easy as pie, and there are already hundreds of millions of phone jacks already out there.

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