Microsoft has patented a system where they determine how much bitcoin-like money you get based on your activity as shown by sensors that connect to some communication system.
“The cryptocurrency system communicatively coupled to the device of the user may verify if the body activity data satisfies one or more conditions set by the cryptocurrency system, and award cryptocurrency to the user whose body activity data is verified,” they say.
They’re pitching this as a system to reward users for certain activities, like “viewing advertisement or using certain internet services.”
“Data generated based on the body activity of the user can be a proof-of-work,” they say, explaining further:
“A cryptocurrency system communicatively coupled to the device of the user may verify whether or not the body activity data satisfies one or more conditions set by the cryptocurrency system, and award cryptocurrency to the user whose body activity data is verified.”
Although they mention the blockchain, there isn’t much description on how the blockchain or the crypto part would work, or how data is verified.
The focus instead seems to be most on connecting body sensors to some communication system where activity is verified and thus money is given for this activity.
Meaning this could very easily be a database run system, with the image as pictured above indicating this is for men and women, rather than machines where there could be a use case for furnishing them with methods of making payments.
It isn’t very clear what commercial use case they think there would be for this, but corporations are known to take an approach of patent all things just in case, with this patent being by Microsoft Technology Licensing (MTL) which owns the vast majority of patents formerly owned by Microsoft Corporation.