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Nokia Hello project replacing “inefficient” verbal communication with NFC, and it's not even April Fools' yet

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Nokia Hello project replacing “inefficient” verbal communication with NFC, and it's not even April Fools' yet
Now, this better be Nokia’s April Fools' joke posted early, or it’s easily the nuttiest idea we’ve seen from a company’s research department (and we’ve seen some crazy ones!). Published on Nokia’s official blog, Nokia Conversations, is a “research project” Nokia Hello that with the help of NFC allows users to exchange greeting messages by tapping your phones. Why bother opening your mouth?

“The team working on the project estimate that the need for speech interactions with work colleagues could be eliminated entirely by 2015. Excellent news for those working in multilingual environments or who despise their workmates.”

Further, a Nokia engineer explains that technicians waste two hours a day for verbal communication, which is “not efficient.” He has somehow estimated that putting an end to this human madness of verbal communication will increase productivity by 85%.

“Are you looking forward to saying “Hello” without actually speaking?” Nokia concludes by asking. 

Finally, yes, we think it’s a prank. We really, really hope it’s this weird Finnish sense of humor. If so - that’s a good one Nokia. You almost got us, we admit it! 

But then we flash back to ex Nokia smartphone head Anssi Vanjoki comparing using Android to “peeing in your pants for warmth in winter.” Now, remember, that actually wasn’t a joke...


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posted on 03 Feb 2012, 08:06 2

1. axllebeer (Posts: 266; Member since: 05 Apr 2011)


LOL! Now wouldn't it just be easier to avoid these people that you don't want to talk to? Let's hope this is either been blown out of proportion or is some kind of joke. :p

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 08:47 2

4. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4438; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I like this. To the people I like I will verbally acknowledge them. To the people I dislike I will use NFC technology to greet them with "Don't talk to me, I DON'T LIKE YOU!" or "You have bad BREATH!" or "You SMELL, try some deodorant!" You know things that you want to say but you can't, now we all have an outlet!

Hey it saves me the hassle of actually talking to people I don't like, plus I can express my true exact feelings all at the same time. lol

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 08:16 1

2. MickDM (Posts: 63; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


either way vh wins with 'another stellar article' ;)

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 08:34

3. chapizzo (Posts: 116; Member since: 13 Sep 2011)


this had better be a joke. Otherwise, what a waste of research money.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 08:58 1

5. Tux4g63 (Posts: 118; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


There are practical usages but very limited. Using it as a bilingual translation app or device, yes. Maybe even potentially seeing it used with people who have speech impediments of some sort, or are mute.

posted on 07 Feb 2012, 09:09

7. chapizzo (Posts: 116; Member since: 13 Sep 2011)


That makes a bit of sense now.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 10:12

6. Bigbluetundra (Posts: 45; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Why not just make the physical act of bumping phones the new social norm for a Nokia user's greeting? Kind of like how CDC recommended people to bump elbows instead of shaking hands during swine flu. No programming needed for the devices that way.

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