[EAS]Ear Phone

pjk pjk at design.eng.yale.edu
Wed Nov 19 00:27:00 EST 2003

Subject:   Ear Phone

Now for something more light-hearted:

(from INNOVATION, 12 November 2003)

NTT DoCoMo has created a wristwatch phone that uses the owner's
finger as  an earpiece. The Finger Whisper uses the wristband to
convert sounds to  vibrations that can be deciphered when the user
puts his finger in his ear.  A call is answered by touching the
forefinger to the thumb and then putting  the forefinger in the ear
to greet the caller. The call is ended by once again touching the
forefinger to thumb. The wristband features a tiny  microphone that
picks up the user's voice for transmission in the other  direction.
And while it doesn't have a keypad, voice recognition software 
built into the wristband translates a spoken phone number and dials
it. (BBC News 6 Nov 2003)

Why does this remind me of the Monty Python sketch about a man who
has a tape recorder up his nose?  --PJK

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