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13.03.2002 – 19:55

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Looking at the future: Radical miniaturization, integrated display/loudspeakers, mobile phone-beamers and applications that learn your taste - Siemens' prototypes and innovations provide an exciting glimpse of what's to come

Looking at the future: Radical miniaturization, integrated
display/loudspeakers, mobile phone-beamers and applications that
learn your taste - Siemens' prototypes and innovations provide an
exciting glimpse of what's to come
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Siemens' innovative range of prototypes and new
product designs provide an insight into the future of mobile
communications at CeBIT. Miniaturization is a common theme, with the
incorporation of a loudspeaker into a Siemens S45's display - opening
up endless possibilities for mobile phone designers, who currently
have to design around the loudspeaker. Another highlight is the
feather-light quad-band 'Pendant phone', which allows the user to
take photos and instantly send them to a friend via GPRS. All of the
innovations on display are concepts under consideration for further
    Worn round the neck, the highly stylized GPRS quad-band (for
850/900/1800/1900-MHz-Networks) 'Pendant Phone' allows users to move
around freely because either the headset or the hands-free mode can
be used. An integrated camera and MP3 player are the main features of
this phone which also provides speech control for easy use. Photos
can directly be sent via GPRS or via the invisible infrared
interface. The pendant phone weighs under 60 grams and the quality of
the photos is: 352x280 pixel.
    As one of the biggest components of a mobile phone, the
loudspeaker currently limits the potential for miniaturization and
drastic new design. However, Siemens has teamed up with NXT (a
British loudspeaker company) to develop the 'Display Speaker Phone',
which integrates a loudspeaker into the phone's glass display. This
integration will open-up endless possibilities for designers who will
have more scope for new creative ideas. The sound quality of the
glass display is incredible: especially its bass performance and
maximum volume afforded by the large area of the display lens. As the
speaker will be completely sealed, the new phone will be waterproof.
    Business users may soon be able to carry the smallest projector in
the world within their mobile phone, via the 'Mobile Beamer'.
Intended for integration to business-orientated mobile phones, users
will be able to project A4-size presentations directly from files
(such as Microsoft PowerPoint) saved onto their handset's flash/MMC
card. All power supply will come from the handset's battery, which
will prove ideal for impromptu meetings with small groups of people.
    'Web Mate' is a concept PDA-sized web-browser for full HTML
viewing and easy landscape format web-surfing. The small device has
got a high resolution display and is very easy to navigate.
    The 'Pen Phone' developed together with OTM Technologies (an
Israeli high tech start up), using an optical sensor to allow text
input via handwriting recognition on any surface.  In the future, it
is anticipated that this could be particularly useful for graphical
input - e.g. sketching a map for a friend.
    For busy people who like to try-out the latest applications,
'Jukebots' is sure to prove a hit, as it uses GPRS and Java
technology to teach applications to learn your preferences - such as
your musical taste. Ultimately this could mean your mobile phone
could compile a music compilation for you in advance of a long
    Personalize your phone with pictures, sound and data via a
wireless connection (by GPRS and Java) to any computer, via 'Wireless
Data Access'. Using the Siemens M50 as a prototype, customers can
download from a remote computer different data such as screensavers,
ringer tones or e-mails. Even huge data-files can be downloaded such
as powerpoint presentations.
    Peter Zapf, President of Mobile Phones within the Information and
Communication Mobile Group said: "These prototypes demonstrate our
commitment to the future of mobile communication and will provide
visitors and customers with an insight into what's to come soon.  We
are also sure that those creative ideas will bring a lot of fun to
our stand at CeBIT."
    The Siemens Information and Communication Mobile Group (IC Mobile)
offers the complete range of mobile solutions including mobile
devices, infrastructure and applications. Devices include mobile
phones, wireless modules, mobile organizers and cordless phones as
well as products for wireless home networks. The infrastructure
portfolio includes GSM, GPRS and 3G mobile network technologies from
base stations and switching systems to intelligent networks, e.g. for
prepaid services. Mobile Applications cover end-to-end solutions for
Messaging, Location Based Services or Mobile Payment. For the fiscal
year 2001 (September 30), IC Mobile recorded sales of EUR 11.3
billion and employed 30,730 people worldwide.
    You can access further information about Siemens IC Mobile on the
Internet at
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