Japan's largest telecomms company, NTT DoCoMo is developing a wireless phone worn like as wristwatch. The gadget, dubbed Finger Whisper, uses a wristband to convert the sounds of conversation to vibrations that can be heard when the finger is placed in the ear.
If you thought the handsfree kit was an innovation in making people look daft, as they walk along the street apparently talking to themselves, then you ain't seen nothing yet. The user must make the universally accepted hand gesture of the mobile phone (do it - I'm thinking the same thing...) - thus looking like they are pretending to own a phone. With their thumb to their ear and their little finger to their mouth the user will become a component of their own phone, speaking into their pinky and listening through their thumb.
The watch will convert vibrations in the bones of the hand into sound... which all seems pretty far-fetched. Speak to the hand, indeed.
(The phones also raise the concern that you could easily be mistaken for somebody mocking another person talking on their phone if you are sat opposite on them on a bus, talking into your hand-phone.)
One definate bonus will be that the phones will be a lot harder to steal (for opportunist grab and run type thieves)....
Read about this latest invention from BBC, and here, here and here.
P.S. Like I mentioned in a previous blog, my office will be moving this week, so I'll have no regular internet access for at least a week. This may affect my blogging, but I will try and blog once in a while.