Siemens Information and Communication Mobile (IC Mobile) showcased its vision of the future of communication with a new range of prototypes and product designs. “Miniaturization” and “mobility” were the key concepts behind the company’s futuristic exhibits. Siemens’ Wristphone – a miniaturized triple band GSM mobile phone that can be worn on the arm – and Global Pl@yer – a 3D wireless game console for the Home Entertainment market – were major innovation highlights. Other examples of future-oriented applications on show included KidPad, a mobile learning device developed in collaboration with Deutsche Telekom; the Mobile Key, a mobile phone that unlocks doors; and miniphones that can be worn as clips and pendants.
Siemens’ Wristphone – offering voice dialing, hands-free operation and triple band GSM technology – unites top-level functionalities in a compact device the size of a watch. This prototype mobile phone with an integrated antenna weighs just 36 grams and has a volume of only 28 cm3. The device runs on a 550 mAh battery and uses an ordinary SIM card. The Wristphone combines elegant design with the practicality of a timepiece – making it an attractive and permanent mobile companion.
Design studies derived from the Wristphone concept included miniaturized mobile phones that – adapted to users’ lifestyles – can be worn, for example, as clips and pendants.
The cordless Global Pl@yer console – which brings futuristic game technology right into the living room – is yet another example of Siemens’ ongoing commitment to the mobile entertainment market. The combination of cordless 3D goggles and cordless Gamepad console provides a particularly intense multimedia experience. By enabling users to obtain a 3D view of virtual products, the Global Pl@yer is also ideally suited for e-commerce applications. Siemens and THQ – a world-leading publisher of interactive entertainment software – are exploiting the Global Pl@yer project to expand their cooperative activities by jointly developing sophisticated entertainment software for this platform.
Peter Zapf, President of Mobile Phones within the Siemens Information and Communication Mobile Group stated: “Siemens intends to intensify its commitment to the development of mobile communications and entertainment devices. The prototypes at CeBIT 2001 are an expression of our visions for this sector.”