Latest mobile gadgets: Hands on at MWC

Latest mobile gadgets: Hands on at MWC

Summary: Photos: From smartphones to smartbooks, designer kit to eye-controlled earphones...

TOPICS: Mobility

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  • Colour was also key on the ZTE stand where this wall of designer 3G dongles was on show.

    Photo credit: Natasha Lomas/

  • And accessories got a look in too - with Golla showing off bags and 'phone pockets' for "generation mobile".

    Photo credit: Natasha Lomas/

  • One of the stranger sights at MWC was NTTDoCoMo's 'eye-controlled earphones' demo. As their name suggests the earphones can be used with MP3 players or mobile phones for hands-free control of music playing. The wearer's eye movements are tracked by disk-shaped electrodes connected to the earbuds and tracks can be played/paused, skipped and more, and volume can be turned up or down by a variety of eye gestures including looking left, right, up, down or by rolling the eyeballs left or right.

    The Japanese mobile operator was also demoing a location-aware mobile concierge service that sends local alerts to a mobile user such as weather conditions and discount offers in shops (shown below). The service can be personalised by the user with the demo avatar resembling a sheep.

    NTTDoCoMo mobile concierge

    NTTDoCoMo showed off a mobile concierge service

    Photo credit: Natasha Lomas/

Topic: Mobility

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