If you need to turn that ringer off in a movie theater or meeting, but find that the ol' vibrate mode just
isn't doing it for you anymore (or if you need a surefire way to wake yourself up in the AM), Moto has the answer:
shock mode. The company has filed for a patent on what it calls "a system that allows a cell phone to set off
electrodes on a stimulator pad, alerting users of incoming calls." Moto also notes that the system can be used for
"therapeutic stimulation," and that customized patterns -- think of them as the shock equivalent of ringtones
-- can be downloaded to enhance the experience. We assume it'll only be a matter of time before someone figures out how
to use this as a weapon (or at least a 21st century alternative to the joy buzzer) as well. And if you thought you had
trouble getting through security with your camera phone, just give it a try with one of these babies.