Despite the delights of Pinchange’s camera phone picture printer (which I mentioned on the 21st), mobile phone company Tu-Ka have shunned such frivolity. Deciding instead to focus on more practical matters.
Concerned about the sound quality of their phones in noisy places, they came up with the idea of implementing bone conductive speaker technology. Apparently this allows you to place the phone anywhere on your head, and the callers voice will be transmitted through your skull by bone conductors. Personally speaking I think a user may attract quite a few stares walking around holding a mobile phone on the top of their head, but the company seem very excited about it.
It isn’t just me who has their doubts about the usefulness of this technology though. One reviewer complained that the phone’s screen can quickly become grimy after left touching the users cheek for a long period of time. Apparently it has a tendency to absorb oils from the skin. That’s not pleasant.