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Fujitsu and NTT DoCoMo’s Separate Keitai: splits-into-two cell phone

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At CEATEC Japan 2008, Fujitsu and DoCoMo showed off their “Separate Ketai” cell phone concept that literally splits into two pieces. Specifically, the display screen and the keyboard are detachable to allow the user to use the phone as they see fit. Want to use the phone as a flip-phone? Go ahead. Want a slider? Sure. How about a game pad? No problem. The secret is that the two pieces are both touchscreen, except one is responsible for displaying the information, while the other acts as the input device. They are also magnetically connected, so you can easily pull apart or put back together.

The ‘display screen’ houses all of the software functions, such as music and video playback and games, while the ‘keyboard screen’ handles all of the communication and radio functions (i.e., 3G and network reception). As mentioned, both pieces are touchscreen, so typing would presumably be just as painful as typing on the iPhone. In fact, just like the iPhone, the keyboard will automatically adjust its orientation depending on the angle it is being held. Bluetooth technology is used to allow the screen and keyboard to communicate.

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Via: Akihabara News and Tech-On!




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