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...
source: Nokia Conversations