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Cell phones made of wood to be showcased at ITU Telecom World 2009, and CEATEC Japan 2009

NTT Docomo, one of Japan's major cell phone carriers, has announced they will be showcasing new prototype cell phones made of wood at ITU Telecom World 2009 and CEATEC Japan 2009. The new line of phones will be called "Touch Wood" and are made with surplus wood from culling operations designed to maintain healthy forests.

So far, "Touch Wood" production has used wood that was culled from the Shimanto forest in Kochi prefecture. According to the NTT Docomo press release, wood that is acquired during thinning operations has limited applications but the "Touch Wood" series gives the wood a commercial use.

The phone is a combined effort between Sharp, Olympus, and the "more trees" project. The "more trees" project is a reforestation project Ryuichi Sakamoto founded with four others. Ryuichi Sakamoto is a Japanese musician in addition to being a Academy Award, Grammy, and Golden Globe winning environmentalist.

According to NTT Docomo, the body of the phone is made of Cypress Wood and is touted to be durable, water resistant, and mildew resistant. Unlike natural wood, the three-dimensional compression molding is claimed to make the Touch Wood body more resistant to wearing out. Mockup images of the phone make it look decidedly iPhone like. The phone's graphical user interface is based on Ryuichi Sakamoto's  fellow "more trees" member Mikiya Takimoto's photographic art.

NTT Docomo goes out of its way to mention each individual handset will have its own distinct grain patterns and coloring because no artificial colors or paints are used. The cypress wood will retain its natural appearance and aroma.

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New pickup line...
By bradmshannon on 9/28/2009 8:27:40 AM , Rating: 5
"Hey beautiful, would you like to touch my Wood?"

RE: New pickup line...
By Omega215D on 9/28/2009 8:36:39 AM , Rating: 2
Wait, so this is a more trees project in which they make a cell phone out of wood to get the word out on helping the process of reforestation? hmm....

Well hopefully this thing won't be flammable, knock on wood.... d'oh!

RE: New pickup line...
By ksherman on 9/28/2009 9:07:41 AM , Rating: 2
Read the article please!

RE: New pickup line...
By Omega215D on 9/28/2009 9:53:34 AM , Rating: 2
I did, my comment was tongue in cheek because even though it's made from surplus wood from the process in maintaining forests it's still using wood thus people who aren't aware of how the phone is made they'll think to themselves "wooden phone made with reforestation in mind..."

I thought my flammable comment gave it away. I'll try to wait until the sun comes up to make my comments from now on.

RE: New pickup line...
By Manch on 9/28/2009 1:50:24 PM , Rating: 2
Have you ever thought that maybe it just wasn't funny? Explaining doesn't help either.

RE: New pickup line...
By Camikazi on 9/28/2009 9:19:23 AM , Rating: 2
That is the exact same thing I was thinking!

RE: New pickup line...
By bighairycamel on 9/28/2009 9:47:43 AM , Rating: 2
Did the geniuses in marketing not think to themselves “Hey, this sounds like an awful innuendo.”

I guess not all minds are in the gutter like our generation.

RE: New pickup line...
By bradmshannon on 9/28/2009 9:52:36 AM , Rating: 2
That's what she said

RE: New pickup line...
By theapparition on 9/28/2009 10:12:23 AM , Rating: 2
I doubt the Japeneese use their word for "wood" as a euphenism for a hard-on.

RE: New pickup line...
By samoya22 on 9/29/2009 1:54:26 AM , Rating: 2
Then you're obviously not familiar with Japanese culture and their obsession with penises. I mean, they ride giant wooden penises down hills as part of a festival celebrating penises.

It would also help if you could spell Japanese. Google: try it some time.

By ElderTech on 9/28/2009 12:52:41 PM , Rating: 1
Great! Just what I wanted. A cell phone that will stink up everything around it! And now I won't have to smell my hand or other foul odors that the cell has accumulated since the Cypress "aroma" will cover it up!

By Furuno on 9/29/2009 1:42:35 AM , Rating: 2
And a perfect match for my Cypress GPU...

They give out awards for that?
By grandpope on 9/28/2009 1:43:19 PM , Rating: 2
Ryuichi Sakamoto is a Japanese musician in addition to being a Academy Award, Grammy, and Golden Globe winning environmentalist.

I didn't know it was possible to get a Grammy for being an environmentalist!

Although, that does explain how the Jonas Brothers got one.. (dunno if they are environmentalists, but I highly doubt they got the Grammy for their music...)

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