First 'fully accurate' totally voice-controlled phone unveiled
'Look, ma, no hands'
You’d probably expect a groundbreaking mobile phone to be developed deep inside Nokia’s HQ or in a military bunker. However, a supposedly super-secure handset described as the world’s first truly hands-free mobile has, in fact, been designed on an industrial estate in Hereford, UK.
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Manufacturer IA Technology’s claimed that its bizarre Zumba phone sports the world’s first fully accurate voice-recognition system for mobile phones, according to the Beeb.
The device is made of two parts. The main body – which is about the size of a credit card - looks much like an iPod, although the scroll wheel’s divided into alphabetic sections.
A hearing-aid style earpiece detaches from the phone’s back. This then becomes the phone itself, which the user makes calls and creates/sends text messages from using only voice recognition.
Contacts aren’t stored on the phone itself but on a website – thought to be called... er... "Zumba Lumba" - that the company told the BBC is 100 per cent secure.
“If you lose this phone it is instantly useless to anyone else,” an IA Technology spokesman claimed.
The company said it hopes to have the Zumba in shops before Christmas. But, much like the phone’s technology, a potential price is being kept secret. ®
It'll never catch on...
...everyone will want a little triangular one that they can clip to their shirt's left pocket! What's with this in the ear nonsense?
Did anyone else spot.....
Did anyone else spot the bloke mentioning that the company was going to be floated on the stock exchange?
When I say the report last night my first thought was 'scam', and I've heard nothing to change my mind as yet!
Whats that smell?
"If you loose this phone it is instantly useless to anyone else" -Thats right mate. It would probably be useless before I loose it. Because its not really a phone is it. Your just waving about a thin bit of plastic. I'd stick with your ejector seats. Good luck for the floatation.
I'm surprised this wasn't sold as 'green' because the earpiece is obviously made of cardboard.
Paris - she understands a mockery. Perhaps her new best fiend will want one.
that the 1st guy from the company bears more than a passing resemblance to Anton Dubeck from that dancing show the wife watches, what does he know about website security?
On that subject if they have developed a 100% secure web site technology I would guess they could make more from that than any poxy phone?