Japan, the country that brought us the bullet train, the compact disc and the flat-panel TV, is now about to set the world alight with chotto matte, a headset that's also a keyboard.
This week, Japanese manufacturer Elecom unleashed the TK-MBDD041 on an unsuspecting world. It's a Bluetooth headset that works with your mobile devices, and, when you turn it around, you have a wireless keyboard. What will they think of next?
The device is designed specifically for handling voice over internet protocol (VoIP) calls, like Skype, and has a little window for displaying recent calls. But doesn't your phone already do that? The benefit comes from the dual functionality. No need to carry a separate handset and keyboard around, when you can have them combined in one device. Imagine.
It could be useful, although I suspect that fat Western fingers might struggle with it. Perhaps that's why this device is only available in Japan. It could also be that at 18,690 yen (AU$220), we'll need a little time before we see the real virtues. After all, Matushita Electric patented the radio-receiver-built-in-flash camera back in 1979. And now look!