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Kyocera phone transmits sounds through tissue, makes calls clear as day

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Kyocera phone transmits sounds through tissue, makes calls clear as day
When it comes to making calls, all phones, no matter how smart or dumb they are, work pretty much the same – a microphone on the unit's bottom captures your voice, while you listen to the other party through a tiny speaker above the device's display. That is old and familiar tech.

Kyocera, however, is demonstrating a phone at CTIA 2012 that uses a different principle. In a nutshell, the earpiece is replaced by a ceramic transducer that generates vibrations on the device's front side. Once the phone touches the user's outer ear, these vibrations are transmitted over the skull tissue and travel straight to the inner ear. The result is clear sound that does not interfere with background noise. Now that's what we call innovation!

Kyocera phone transmits sounds through tissue, makes calls clear as day
The ceramic transducer has been developed by Kyocera itself, which is not surprising considering that the company has extensive background in applied materials, especially ceramics. John Chier, director of corporate communications at Kyocera, said that such technology has been initially designed for advanced hearing aids, but reduction in costs has made using it in phones feasible. The first Kyocera phones equipped with a ceramic transducer will hit the Japanese market soon, followed by an introduction to the U.S. market.  

Image courtesy of Phone Scoop

source: GigaOM

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posted on 09 May 2012, 02:24 3

1. StrumerJohn (Posts: 66; Member since: 18 May 2011)


Too bad they make ugly phones or I'd love to see this tech in my latest device!

posted on 09 May 2012, 02:57 2

2. alpinejason (Posts: 260; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


not to mention cheap crap that doesn't last

posted on 09 May 2012, 03:35 1

3. LordOfTroll (banned) (Posts: 54; Member since: 08 May 2012)


Now get ready to see them on Galaxy 4, the almighty copycat from Republic of Korea.
S Voice? Siri
S Cloud? iCloud

posted on 09 May 2012, 04:13 2

4. sadaivadai (Posts: 156; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Please ban these intelligent friends . They are saying too intelligent things which we cannot understand .

posted on 09 May 2012, 04:41

6. LordOfTroll (banned) (Posts: 54; Member since: 08 May 2012)


To put things simple, you are an idiot.

posted on 09 May 2012, 05:34 1

7. rn9215 (Posts: 45; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


Man how can u not understand that voice recognition and cloud computing have existed long before the fruit company introduced it...so get over it and stop telling we copied this they copied that...so childish if u ask me!!

posted on 09 May 2012, 04:20

5. snowgator (Posts: 3188; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Wow. Really amazing idea. As I still use my phone as a phone a ton, I am interested.

Maybe I will forgive them for the Echo if this works.....

posted on 09 May 2012, 06:53 2

8. grif_ (Posts: 61; Member since: 28 Apr 2012)


Ppl cry for innovation. Here is an innovative idea bt still they complain.

If it was apple who came up with this they would praise it as the best thing ever.

Its not that these People are hard to please its just that they're brainwashed.

posted on 09 May 2012, 13:18

12. downphoenix (Posts: 2268; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Just like they did with the Echo. It was actually a really good idea, but it was a flop because the phone itself sucked. The dual screen hinged design was neat, but the build quality and hardware in the phone was terrible. Maybe if Kyocera actually was competitive in these aspects they woudl be taken more seriously.

posted on 09 May 2012, 06:59 2

9. jabberwocky (Posts: 89; Member since: 21 Feb 2012)


I suspect they could make a lot of money licensing this tech to other phone makers. This really sorta blows away all the stuff they announced this entire year. I agree - great innovation!

posted on 09 May 2012, 09:01

10. -box- (Posts: 3714; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Vincent Van Gogh does not approve

posted on 09 May 2012, 10:10

11. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)


I'm sorry but after the zio I will never buy another kyocera phone

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