Fujitsu prototype flip phone breaks...on purpose

Fujitsu and NTT DoCoMo are showing off this prototype keitai handset at the CEATEC 2008 trade show. The "Separeeto Keitai" looks like a normal keitai flip phone, but give the keypad a tug and it sunders cleanly from its magnetic hinge. Then sensors determine the keypad's orientation and contextually change the input interface, making it possible to make a phone call with the top while writing emails with the other half. Of course you could also do this simply by wearing a Bluetooth headset, but where's the fun in that? [CEATEC] DoCoMo's Handset Breaks Into 2 Parts, Used Separately [Video] [ via CrunchGear]
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11 Responses to Fujitsu prototype flip phone breaks...on purpose

  1. pork musket says:

    If I’m remembering MythBusters correctly, you need either a really freaking huge magnet or an AC field to demagnetize a credit card.

  2. Chevan says:

    >Dear weeaboo:
    Please go back to 4chan, you’re just embarrassing yourself.

    Also, learn what weeaboo really means before you start tossing it around. PROTIP: Joel clearly isn’t one.

  3. alxr says:

    I’m of the opinion that Joel was recognising that the Japanese mobile phone really is a genre in and of itself: many of them aren’t really seen elsewhere, and I think there’s even a look to them not really seen elsewhere. Hence ‘keitai’.

  4. Robotech_Master says:

    The important thing is, will it let you morph into an armored warrior to fight monsters?

  5. gnosis says:

    @Vodka – Apparently you care.

  6. Oren Beck says:

    Actually there are several Very Good Reasons for such a hinge. Beginning with it potentially eliminating destructive failure modes. Ordinary hinges and sliders are overly prone to such decease.
    How many slide/hinge device failures have you had or seen? This magnetic deal makes all that carnage history.

    With the inherent equal advantage of field swappable configurations. As in- if both halves have memory one could snap halves of multiple phones together for an autosync of data stores. In a mode which keeps data from being externally accessible.

    This concept has some potentials way beyond first glance appearances.

  7. CommanderCool says:

    Thats pretty cool but i dont think id buy one seems kind of unnessesary

  8. Vodka says:

    Dear weeaboo:

    No one gives a shit if you know the Japanese word for cellphone. Using it makes you look like a giant tool. So does living in Brooklyn.

    Fuck you.


    The Internet

  9. trr says:

    Two points:

    the japanese for cell phone is keitai denwa (携帯電話), not just keitai (strictly speaking – I know that keitai is perfectly understandable)

    Vodka is not “The Internet”, but he or she is certainly grumpy.

  10. Trent Hawkins says:

    So it’s on Magnets?

    I predict loosing parts of the phone and loose change sticking to it.

  11. Enochrewt says:

    Do the healing power of magnets negate the effects of cell phones impairing sperm mobility?

    Also, what happens to my credit cards when I carry my wallet in my front pocket with my phone?

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