Kyocera launches speakerless phone, uses vibrations to transmit sound to the ear
News On Japan via computerworld.com -- Jun 02
Kyocera is demonstrating a new mobile phone that uses vibrations in its screen to transmit sound to the ear, in place of the traditional receiver speaker.
The phone went on sale Thursday in Japan through au, the country's second-largest carrier.
Kyocera says it is the world's first to use "tissue conduction" technology in this way. The vibrations produced by the phone are picked by the ear physically, meaning there is less interference from background noise.
The company is displaying the phone at the Wireless Japan exhibition in Tokyo. It is easy to use, but requires that the phone be firmly pressed against the side of the user's face. To demonstrate its benefit in a noisy background, exhibition visitors can use the phone in front of a speaker that blasts out construction and other background noise. Conversations using the phone are clearly audible above the ruckus.
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