“What we need is not a miniaturised office computer” – says Per Siversson, Managing Director of Spectronic. “The usage of a computer is simply not feasible with a mobile device. The busy user has no use for a complicated file hierarchy with different folders and storage units. And he does not need different programs for word processing, fax, emails and SMS – there is no difference in writing a text in one case or the other. Mobile multimedia is supposed to be an aid in our daily lives, not complex and time consuming”
The Third Way
The Swedish Company Spectronic has created a phone that is faster and easier to use than anything else on the market. The total time for creating a message with text, image and sound is minimal – up to 68 percent faster than competing systems.
Efficient communication is not only a question of bandwidth and transfer time. It´s above all a question about ourselves – and what we do with our time. With a completely new user system, in combination with the unique way of controlling the phone, the Spectronic Sidetouch saves much of your valuable time. Following the keyboard and the touch screen comes: The Third Way.
Fast usage – quick learning
There is no need to find and start different applications, which saves a lot of time. By using a completely document-oriented system the user decides what to do – how it is taken care of by the system. On other systems the user decides how – by selecting different applications for email, fax and SMS. There is no need to learn different applications in a document oriented system.
This way maximum flexibility is achieved with no restrictions to certain media types or transfer methods. A message can be sent as, for example, a fax and an email simultaneously. A picture, taken with the built-in digital colour camera, can be added to the message. The email is then sent with the picture attached as a file and the fax is sent with the picture as a part of the message. There is no need for the user to care about these differences – it is taken care of by the system. Other systems can not even create combined faxes, SMS and emails.
All sorting is taken care of by the system. The busy user finds all information sorted accordingly to its address, subject, time, picture or sound. This way, all searching is intuitive and there is no need for abstract thinking. The common computer user spends much time organizing, sorting and deleting information. The Spectronic Sidetouch takes care of all this for you. The phone even throws out old, low-priority, information, which is why you will never run out of available memory.
Only three simple commands, “Yes”, “New” and “Basket”, are needed to use an object, no matter whether it is a picture, sound, text or an address. Wherever you are, you can always read, create a new or put an object in a basket with these three commands. The basket is used for gathering related information, for example an address and a text to send as an email.
Intelligent hardware saves time
The Sidetouch system is a smooth and friendly way of controlling a mobile phone using no buttons, touch screens with separate styluses or joysticks. With the Sidetouch system, a gentle touch on the side of the phone, selects a function or writes a letter. You can select the correct letter directly, without moving a pointer or scrolling in a list. It is just as fast as a keyboard and also as easy as a touch screen. The phone can also always be used with just one hand, which is completely unique!
With the Sidetouch system the entire front of the phone is reserved for the display. The large, always active, screen displays faxes and web pages the way they are supposed to be displayed, in full A4 and VGA-width.
Send a voice message together with an image
Sidetouch Multimedia Telephone also functions as a voice memory, similar to a tape recorder. The voice message can then be played back or sent as an e-mail or MMS together with a colour picture.
Colour screen and built in digital colour camera
It is now three years since Spectronic introduced the first Multimedia phone, TS 2000, with built in camera. Building on this legacy, the colour camera in Sidetouch Multimedia Telephone
TS 2200 allows you to take and then send your images with MMS, e-mail and even fax. The phone has the new user system described above. The TS 2200 is available for delivery during March with it´s sharp and detailed grayscale screen.
Spectronic will also show the TS 2220 with colour screen and GPRS on the CeBit fair in Hannover. The camera in this version has VGA resolution (640 x 480 pixels) and a Macro setting with a close focus distance of 20 cm. Production of TS 2220 will start during the summer.
Some times you want to use the phone without looking at it, for instance when driving a car. With the introduction of the Voice confirmation system, Spectronic addresses this need. The telephone tells you which digit (or symbol etc.) you have pressed, allowing you to slide your thumb to the correct number before lifting the thumb to confirm the selection.
The Personal organizer in Sidetouch Multimedia Telephone has an intelligent electronic library for e-mail, faxes, pictures, sounds, , names, addresses, phone numbers, notes, reminders etc. Calendar and contacts can be synchronized with MS Outlook. The telephone has also vCard support for business card interchange.
The rigid phone cabinet is covered with a hightech polymer material making it soft to touch as well as resistant to rough conditions.
Several of today’s mobile-phone functions were initially developed by Spectronic
Spectronic has been active in research, development and manufacturing within the field of telecommunications ever since the company was launched in 1972. Many of the functions you find on current mobile phones have been developed by Spectronic.
As early as in 1989, Spectronic made mobile telephones, which could be updated with new firmware to add new features. In 1992, the company introduced a smartphone that could receive and send e-mail and fax as well as perform wireless copying of the telephone book to another telephone or personal computer. The phone was also equipped with a calendar and personal planner.
Telephone companies, postal service companies and authorities in several countries have developed systems with Spectronic pocket phones with GPS satellite navigator. The systems are used to position mobile objects and for simultaneous speech and data communication.
The company has been awarded several times for these mobile-phone innovations, for example with Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences’s gold medal and the Polhem award, which is the oldest and most distinguished Swedish technology award.
Spectronic products are also sold by other companies that market them under their own brand name, e.g. the mobile phones Siemens NT911 and Ericsson FH212 are examples of such products.