Ariel Schwartz

NTT Docomo Reveals Scrap Wood Cell Phone Concept

by , 09/25/09
filed under: green gadgets

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We’ve covered wooden gadgets before, but NTT Docomo‘s TOUCH WOOD concept phone is possibly the first wood-encased smart phone ever. The phone, developed in conjunction with Sharp, Olympus, and a reforestation project called “more trees,” contains surplus wood from forest-thinning operations in the Kochi prefecture of Japan.


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The Japanese cell phone giant’s phone uses three-dimension compression molding to resist bugs, mildew, and water. Each handset retains an air of originality, featuring the natural coloring and grain patterns of the wood sans artificial colors. Presumably, potential buyers would be more likely to hold on to their phones longer–wood has much more of a feeling of permanence than plastic.

No word on when or if the cell phone will be released commercially, but NTT Docomo will show off the concept at the ITU Telecom World 2009 conference and SEATEC Japan, both in October.

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4 Comments

  1. Yamikowu12 December 7, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    This particular project also tells me that if you were to start a newer project that they should make a nature series that would be pretty cool….so it can start a better way of being created and on how it relates to the environment this will definitely get me in the mood to go camping….so it tells alot about itself and how it is self explanatory

  2. Yamikowu12 December 7, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    The fact that it’s a wooden touch screen it makes the perfect phone…..especially for the outdoors…..

  3. Treecycled Furniture October 13, 2009 at 1:36 am

    I think Treecycled Furniture do similar green-gadget stuff. its called “stardust multimedia table” please take a look at here http://www.treecycledfurniture.blogspot.com/2009/10/stardust-multimedia-table-green-gadget.html
    cost you at US$15K a piece!!!

  4. creeman September 28, 2009 at 5:30 am

    Wow I love the wood concept. Very elegant looking with the newer touch screen devices. For a tech/music/video/image blog, check out the site I run. Always updated with fresh stuff http://cropofcreeman.wordpress.com

    -creeman

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