The Mobile Phone You Need To Eat

from the just-don't-burp dept

It was just last week that we reported Nicholas Negroponte was saying companies don't think he's far enough out on the lunatic fringe lately in coming up with ideas for products several generations down the road. It looks like he's trying to adjust that perception. He's now predicting that we could eventually have mobile phones in a pill form, where you would need to swallow your "phone" every morning and have it work all day. He says that the mobile phone makers would love it, since they would then be supplying consumable goods rather than durable goods - meaning more regular sales. He predicts consumers would like it because it would mean no longer having to "carry" your phone. He also has other mobile phone ideas, such as putting a phone into the form factor of a pen - pointing out that the length from ear to mouth is just about right. As for dialing? You just write the number you want to call on a piece of paper, and let the built-in handwriting recognition do the rest. Of course, this ignores the fact that most people tend to call "stored" numbers from their mobile phone rather than new numbers - but I guess those are just details.

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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Oct 6th, 2003 @ 1:25pm


    Voice Recognition anyone ?

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 6th, 2003 @ 1:53pm

    A Phone for Mike

    Pontificating is different than working out all the little details. Here's a thought: A mobile phone made just for you Mike ! Its bullet shaped and you insert it in your rectum. As for dialing just use what your sitting on to think of the number. When you hear yourself fart, your phone call should be connected !

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    Lee, Oct 7th, 2003 @ 10:48am

    Obstacles, yes. Surmountable, yes.

    Why not have some symbol that takes the place of stored numbers? Example:

    123-2345#2 saves "123-2345" to quick dial location 2.

    To call, this number, just write "#2" (or an underlined 2; whatever) and scan that.

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    alternatives, Oct 7th, 2003 @ 11:07am

    Re: A Phone for Mike

    Alas, someone was kicked off of Slashdot for posting crap, and moved here.

    Please go back to /dork and go back to posting your hot grits.

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  5. identicon
    Dave, Oct 7th, 2003 @ 11:31am

    Re: Dialing

    Pen-shapped cimmunications device? Hmmm....

    Open channel D

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  6. identicon
    Alice from Mel's Diner, Oct 7th, 2003 @ 1:38pm

    Re: A Phone for Mike


    Noticed you didn't sign your name either / nerd.

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