Yesterday, I finally got a chance just to walk around the vast halls of Fira de Barcelona and really take in the sights of 2008 GSMA Mobile World Congress. While doing so, I stumbled upon NTT DoCoMo's booth and ended up spending a fair bit of time there, wandering in awe. For those of you who don't know, NTT DoCoMo is Japan's leading cell phone provider, and they have got some amazing devices. There are ones that you can fully submerge in water. There are gaming and mobile TV handsets, and I know we've got those … Read more
If NTT DoCoMo had its way, one day in the future users might be able to make electronic payments via their mobile phone while the handset remains in their pocket.
The Japanese cell phone operator this week showed off a prototype equipped with a sensor developed by Kaiser Technology that can send electric signals through the human body. Practical uses include opening doors to secure areas without flashing security cards or programmed personal preferences such as drivers' seat and steering wheel angles.
All these are still hanging in the air, though, as the company isn't sure if the technology … Read more
Talk about a loyal handset! Japan's NTT DoCoMo has launched a new cell phone from Panasonic that can identify its owner via facial-recognition technology. It can also disable itself when separated from said owner for too long and, if lost, can be tracked through its onboard GPS.
The P903i comes with a wireless card, small enough to fit in a wallet or purse, that works as a security key by connecting with the mobile phone via Bluetooth, the Associated Press reports.
Consumers who lose their security cards can punch in a password to unlock the phone. But they will … Read more