27 Apr '12, 9am

Rohm Develops Technology to Hear Sound on Corner of Mobile Phone

Rohm Develops Technology to Hear Sound on Corner of Mobile Phone Apr 27, 2012 16:27 Fumitada Takahashi, Nikkei Electronics Sound can be heard by attaching the ear to a corner of the phone. Rohm Co Ltd developed a technology that enables to hear sounds by attaching an ear to a corner of a digital device such as mobile phone. The technology uses a phenomenon called "cartilage conduction," where sounds are conducted to a hearing system via ear cartilage. And the company developed a chip equipped with a power supply circuit, amplifier and voice processing circuit, which are needed to realize the new technology. At first, Rohm plans to promote the new technology to mobile phone makers, etc as a new phone user interface for loud environments. Cartilage conduction is a phenomenon that Hiroshi Hosoi, professor, Head and Neck Surgery, Dept of Otorhinolaryngology, Nara Medical Unive...

Full article: http://techon.nikkeibp.co.jp/english/NEWS_EN/20120427/215...

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