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Kyocera debuts tissue conduction technology in two phones for Japan

News by Dan Seifert on Tuesday May 15, 2012.

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We got a chance to take a look at Kyocera's new tissue conduction technology last week at CTIA 2012, and now the manufacturer has announced the first devices that will be using the unique audio tech. Announced for Japan, the Kyocera Urbano Progresso and the Kyocera K012 Simple Mobile Phone both feature the company's Smart Sonic Receiver technology in place of a traditional earpiece speaker.

The Urbano Progresso is a slab-style Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone with a 4-inch WVGA (480 x 800 pixel) OLED display. Like the prototype smartphone that we handled at CTIA, the Urbano Progresso lacks an earpiece speaker, and instead uses Kyocera's tissue conduction technology to transmit sound to the user. The technology vibrates the entire front of the device, which then emits sound waves. When the phone is touched to a users ear, the sound waves are transmitted directly to the user's eardrum, making it very easy to hear callers even when in a noisy environment.

The K012 Simple Mobile Phone packs the same technology into a simpler, flip phone with traditional keypad. Both phones will be offered by Japan's KDDI.

Kyocera says that the tissue conduction technology will make its way to the U.S. eventually, but it is still six to twelve months away.

source: Kyocera

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