Japan develops a mobile phone with the feel of Human Skin

JAPANESE researchers, at the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR), have developed a mobile phone with the feel that of a human skin. The project is a group effort between Osaka University, the mobile telephone operator NTT DoCoMo and other institutes.

The human-shaped mobile phone with a skin-like outer layer, enables a user feel closer to those on the other end. The prototype, slightly bigger than the size of a human palm (resembles a human being but its design is so blurred that it could be taken as either male or female and young or old), is installed with a speaker in the head of the doll-like gadget and a light-emitting diode in its chest. The diode turns blue when the phone is in use and red when it is in standby mode.

The researchers hope to put the prototype into commercial production within five years by adding image and voice recognition functions to it. --------

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