'Wearable' Gadgets Respond to Body Movements

Japanese wireless carrier tests new technologies

By Laila Weir,  Newser User

Posted Jun 26, 2008 4:37 PM CDT

(Newser) – Someday, you may be able to tap your fingers to control your DVD player or roll your eyes to pump up your music player’s volume—if technology under development by Japan's top mobile carrier comes to fruition, the AP reports. A cell phone shaped like a large ring that wearers can hear by sticking their fingers in their ears is another of NTT DoCoMo's inventions.

The Japanese wireless leader showed off a sensor-equipped headset that detects eye movements and fast-forwards when users dart their eyes twice to the right. A wristwatch turns wearers’ hands into remote controls for DVDs or other devices by identifying when they tap their fingers. The company could not say when, or if, the technology will be available commercially.

An NTT DoCoMo researcher demonstrates a wristwatch with a vibration sensor that can detect the wearer's thumb and forefinger tapping together to work as a remote controller.   (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara)
Masaaki Fukumoto, executive research engineer for NTT DoCoMo, shows a wearable cell phone shaped like a ring about the size of a ping pong ball. The sound travels through his bones to his ears.   (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara)
NTT DoCoMo researcher Hiroyuki Manabe wears headphones with sensors and chips that detect electrical current produced by movements of the wearer's eyeballs.   (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara)
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