MWC 2010 - Show Floor Coverage


NTT DoCoMo

NTT DoCoMo

NTT DoCoMo had a glass display showing its BeeTV Mobile Video Service. Basically it has more than 20 programs across 7 genres with a charge of just $3 per month for unlimited access.

DoCoMo also had on display its eye-controlled earphones as part of a demo. The earphones are built with electrodes which are electromagnetically linked to the movement of the user's eyes.

The theory with the eye-controlled earphones is that the eyeballs have electric potential (positive energy at the cornea, negative at the retina). By moving the eyes in specific directions, the user is able to signal to the electrodes on the earphones to play/pause, skip track or change volume of the music player/phon

 DoCoMo's Solar Hybrid phones are not just solar-powered (10 minutes of solar recharging gives about 1 minute of talk time), they also come with an 8-megapixel CCD camera and are waterproof.

Manufactured by Sharp, DoCoMo's upcoming Touch Wood phone is made of real wood, in this case, cypress wood, based on special compression technology developed by Olympus. Basically what it's done is enhance cypress wood's durability and resistance to water, insects and mildew on the phone. Each handset has a distinctive grain pattern and wood colors, and it retains the original appearance and aroma. The wood material is taken from trees culled during forest-thinning operations, so it's a good practical use of culled trees. Interestingly, the reforestation project was founded by entertainer Ryuichi Sakamoto and others.

DoCoMo also showed the world's first handset that splits into two functional units. The first part is the screen unit itself, which can also attach to an optional pico-projector module, while the second part is the keypad unit. Each unit comes with its own battery unit. Attached, the phone measures 114 x 51 x 20.4mm and weighs 173g.

Here's an image of the Separable Phone in two pieces. Practical uses include gaming (keypad separate from screen), multitasking (take notes and check schedules on the screen unit while talking with the keypad unit) and self-timed photo-taking.

Here's an extreme close-up of the unit in two separate pieces. On standby/talktime, the unit gives about 600 hours/300 minutes (3G/W-CDMA) and 400 hours/330 minutes (GSM). The camera is a CMOS sensor-based unit with auto-focus and 12.2 million effective pixels.

DoCoMo's QPot series of designer chocolate bar design phones come in pink and chocolate. They're W-CDMA-based with 570 hours of standby and 220 minutes of talktime. With video, it gives about 110 minutes.

Of course, DoCoMo recently launched the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 version known as the Smartphone Xperia in Japan. It's based on the open Android system with a 1GHz processor and 4.0-inch touchscreen. The Smartphone Xperia is compatible with FOMA High-Speed, DoCoMo's HSUPA/HSDPA data-comm service for 2.0Mbps uplinks and 7.2Mbps downlinks. It also has POBox Touch 1.0, Sony Ericsson's unique predictive text-input system for Japanese and English.