Motorola Plans Finger-Writing Phone
Oct 12, 2004, 7:00 PM by (staff)
The FCC today approved the Motorola A668, a new tri-band GSM phone with a unique text-input technology called Finger Writing Recognition (FWR). The otherwise standard-looking keypad doubles as a touch surface, allowing users to trace English and Chinese characters with their finger to enter text. The clamshell phone also sports an internal antenna, dual color displays, and a megapixel camera with flash and video capture. The A668 will be manufactured by Chi Mei Communication Systems (CMCS).
Just tried it...
The keypad is interesting. It looks like regular keys, with separate plastic and space between them, etc. There's no hint whatsoever that it's it a touchpad. But then you put it in FWR mode, and it just works, like magic. It's extremely sensitive and accurate, and pretty darn good at recognizing the characters, too.
The phone itself is fairly small, and very, very very lightweight.
I took a video of FWR in action. I'll post it as soon as I get the okay from Moto. (Should only be a few days.)
When will it be available?
But perhaps one of the online retailers will make it available for import. Then you could buy it and use it with T-Mobile if you wanted.