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February 16, 2011 at 10:13 AM

Mobile World: Japanese carrier DoCoMo shows 3-D touch and animation

BARCELONA, Spain — Japanese wireless carrier NTT DoCoMo showed what’s happening in one of the most advanced mobile markets in the world, going beyond 3-D displays to interactive touch and facial animation of photos.

At Mobile World Congress, the company showcased some of its projects still in research and development. One project was a small 3-D screen that is touch interactive and pushes back. It was showing a lizard, and when you moved a special pen close to the lizard’s head, the lizard flicked out its tongue and the pen jumped. The pen movement was surprisingly strong. The display projects a magnetic field and the pen has a magnet inside the tip. DoCoMo thinks it can apply the technology to gaming or maybe remote medicine. Here is video of the 3-D touch technology.

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Another project shown, a personal video messaging software, could convert text into an individual’s handwriting style and show an animated 3-D photo. The software scans a handwriting sample and is then able to use it as a font for instant messaging chat. It can also take a regular 2-D photo of a face, turn it into a 3-D image and then make it smile and raise its eyebrows. The animation looked quite real at a small scale. Here is a video of the technology.

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The company showed two phones it started selling in December in Japan. In December, the carrier launched countrywide 4G service on LTE technology. A lot of phone makers develop phones specifically for the Japanese market that do not sell elsewhere in the world.

The REZNA phone is waterproof. It can be dropped to a water depth of one meter for 30 minutes without damage. Made by Toshiba, the phone also plays high-definition video and can take 12.1-megapixel photos.

DoCoMo also showed the Lynx 3-D phone, made by Sharp, which can display 3-D graphics and take 3D photos.

(Photos and videos: Sharon Chan / The Seattle Times)

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