product idea

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charger
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Hi, my team and I are looking to create a gadget that uses biometric technology to lock chargers and release them so your phone charger is customized to you. (only you, with your fingerprint can use your charger). So I am wondering if this is a viable idea and how the gadget can be locked onto the charger and a thief can not take it?
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Why make a separate gadget to lock and unlock a charger? Why not create a charger itself that is biometric enabled?

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  • TheRealRaven
    Those would likely be dependent on the product design specs. No way to guess about viability without seeing your specs.
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  • carlosdl
    Just curious:  What problem would that gadget solve?
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  • mmorvillo
    Stolen chargers and lost because there is going to be a gps tracking device inside the gadget and the Touch ID part makes it so Only you can use the charger and it would Be useless to a thief
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  • carlosdl
    I see.

    Considering that chargers are usually not very expensive, do you think people would want to invest on a gadget like that, which is probably not going to be very cheap?
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  • ToddN2000
    With a lot of free charging stations out there or those that just plug into an outlet I don't see a large market for an item like this unfortunately. Beside that, what is the big deal If someone uses my charger? there is no security risks that I am aware of. 

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  • Subhendu Sen
    Assuming the gadget might be more expensive than a charger. Before going for that, have you surveyed the market? What are the people saying? First check your market validity, then go for that. Hopefully, you got some idea as the other members said.
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  • ToddN2000
    For the most part most of my chargers are simply a USB to micro USB cable with a plug on adapter for a wall outlet. That adapter is really small and not suitable for bio-metric technology. I do have a charging tower that allow you to charge up to 6 devices at a time. It will also charge each multiple times. Great to take to the beach with a bunch of friends. It's dimensions are about 5w x 5d x 6h. I won it as a door prizes at a trade show. This is large enough to accommodate the technology and prevent someone from plugging in and using it without authorization but in the 3 years I've had it I used it once, Just once. To bulky and overpowered for my needs. 
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  • TheRealRaven
    Why would no thief  be able to use it? Would there be no "factory reset" capability anywhere in the device?
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  • Subhendu Sen
    The idea is somehow good, but keep in mind, a charger is so less expensive than a mobile or other handheld devices or laptop. If the product is too less than charger then people may consider to buy/ use it.
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  • mmorvillo
    The gadget is 14.99 less than most Apple chargers and once it locks Onto the usb it can only be taken off with owners fingerprint. Thanks for all the input, however I am not an inventor nor is this product anywhere near prototype. I am just looking for any technology based input on how the circuits would work.
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  • carlosdl
    How do you know that the gadget will be 14.99 less than a charger, if you still don't know what technology you will need to use?
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  • ToddN2000
    Just Google a Apple charger and saw it was 79 dollars??? Really?? That is one reason I will NEVER own an Apple product

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  • carlosdl
    Hahah.  Insane.
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