Wooden Mobile Phone Prototype Unveiled in Japan

Japanese mobile phone monolith Docomo has developed a mobile phone called the “Touch Wood” built from the excess wood collected during forest thinning.

Japanese mobile phone giant Docomo (with the help of the Sharp and Olympus Corporations, and a Japanese reforestation group known as “More Trees”) has developed a mobile phone called the “Touch Wood” built from the excess materials collected during forest thinning. According to Docomo, the use of thinned wood assists in the health of overgrown forests.

The device is water, insect, and mildew resistant, due to a specific three-dimensional compression process created by the Olympus Corporation.

Although there’s no official announcement of when these will be available to the public, the Touch Wood will be shown at ITU Telecom World 2009 in Geneva, Switzerland from October 5 to 9 and CEATEC JAPAN 2009 at Makuhari Messe, Chiba Prefecture, Japan from October 6 to 10.

[via Wireless Watch Japan]

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