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Grip-Based Phone Interface Lets You Squeeze to Tap

If you've ever tried to use your smartphone while standing in a cramped subway car, or while carrying a bag of groceries, you soon realize the limitations of a touchscreen UI. You need two hands free, particularly in the age of the jumbophone. So as an alternative means to interact with your device—not a… » 10/02/12 8:58am 10/02/12 8:58am

I Am Not Talking on a Human-Shaped Phone That Feels Like Skin

Japanese researchers at the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International seem to think that making a humanoid-looking phone and covering it in a material that feels like skin will make us feel closer to whoever we're talking to. Judging from that photo, I'd be seriously weirded out. » 3/03/11 9:40pm 3/03/11 9:40pm

DoCoMo DLP Phone Projects TV, Makes Butt Look Big

The NTT DoCoMo prototype phone shown in the video above has an embedded DLP projector, presumably using an LED light source in order to project a respectable 20- to 25-in. video image on the wall a few feet away. The downside, as you can hear from the dude asking questions (AOL Switched's Tom Samiljan if I'm not… » 10/03/08 8:40pm 10/03/08 8:40pm

Sharp Builds Wireless Electronic Car Keys into a Phone, Finally

In collaboration with Nissan and NTT Docomo, a Japanese mobile operator, Sharp has developed what they claim is the first mobile phone that also functions as a keyless entry and ignition device for cars. Rather than building a new system from the ground up, Sharp has simply opted to include Nissan's existing… » 9/24/08 5:30am 9/24/08 5:30am

Super 3G Successfully Tested (at 250Mbps)

NTT DoCoMo has just announced that they've successfully field tested a Super 3G wireless network that reached downlink speeds of 250Mbps (the technology's theoretical maximums are a 300Mbps downlink and a 75Mbps uplink, so 250 down ain't too bad). Unfortunately, given that DoCoMo doesn't plan on having the technology… » 3/26/08 10:02am 3/26/08 10:02am

Nokia Successfully Tests 100Mbps Wireless Data Network

Today Nokia said that in technical trials, the target of 100Mbps download speed and 50Mbps upload speed for its next-gen cellular data network "can be met," and promised initial deployment by 2010. Americans probably won't see it until later, since the 3GPP LTE (don't ask) initiative has more momentum across the… » 11/07/07 11:53am 11/07/07 11:53am

Super 3G to Blast 300Mbps, Making EV-DO Look Like Horse and Buggy

NTT DoCoMo is about to make even speedy 3.1Mbps EV-DO (Rev. A) look like a horse and buggy, experimenting with a Super 3G wireless network system that could blast data through the air at speeds of 300Mbps. That's fast. And somebody do the math, but that sounds like it's about a zillion times faster than the poky… » 7/13/07 10:13am 7/13/07 10:13am