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Weapon-Detecting Phone Cases

The SWORD Smartphone Case Uses AI to Scan People for Weapons

— June 7, 2018 — Tech
Most phone cases focus on giving users more battery life or wireless charging but the SWORD smartphone case acts as a detector of sorts to identify someone carrying a knife, gun or explosive. Created by Royal Holdings, an LA-based start-up focused on threat detection and time intelligence, this unique smartphone case uses a phone's audio sound waves as a sonar device to tell if someone is holding or carrying a weapon.

The detection capabilities of the SWORD smartphone case come from its array of “18 antennas that can create an image profile based on the radio frequency waves.” These sensors then pair with the SWORD app, which uses an AI and machine-learning database of weapons and explosives to determine who is carrying a weapon.
Trend Themes
1. Weapon Detection Technology - The development of phone cases with weapon-detecting capabilities presents an opportunity for disruptive innovation in the security industry.
2. AI-driven Threat Detection - The integration of AI and machine-learning in phone cases for threat detection opens up possibilities for disruptive innovation in the mobile technology sector.
3. Sonar-based Weapon Identification - The use of audio sound waves as a sonar device in phone cases for weapon identification presents an opportunity for disruptive innovation in the smartphone accessory market.
Industry Implications
1. Security - The security industry can benefit from incorporating weapon detection technology into their product offerings.
2. Mobile Technology - Mobile technology companies can explore the integration of AI-driven threat detection in their devices and accessories.
3. Smartphone Accessories - The smartphone accessory market can seize opportunities in developing sonar-based phone cases for weapon identification.
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