Fujitsu’s not known for its phones here in the U.S., but the company has a a strong presence in Japan where it works not only on releasing handsets but developing underlying technologies. Last week, at Mobile World Congress, the company demoed several of its mobile technologies including its dual-screen concepts, its waterproof cases, and a phone with heart rate, temperature, and motion sensors.
We’ve seen dual-screen phones demonstrated before — the Kyocera Echo comes to mind — but Fujitsu offers its own unique designs, including an Android device that doesn’t fold at all (pictured above) and a Symbian handset that twists into all kinds of shapes. Check out both designs in the video below.
At its booth, Fujitsu showed off a number of waterproof phones that use a combination of silicon cubes, panel, and tapes to prevent your phone from getting damaged by water. The phones Fujitsu demoed here have been shipping in Japan for some time now — one of these is the Toshiba Regza — so this isn’t exactly a brand new technology, but it does add another dimension to the phone experience, even allowing users to take photos under water.
Fujitsu also showed off what it calls its “human sensing” technology or ability to have a handset measure the human heart rate, the ambient temperature, and any movements. Using this data, the phone can help users manage a fitness program, deal with a disease, or just improve a golf swing.
At its booth, Fujitsu showed this technology off by outputting the results from a phone on a large screen monitor. Put your finger over the back-facing cam for a few seconds, and the screen would show your heart rate. Jump up and down with the phone in hand, and a figure on the screen would mimic your movements.
Of course, many of these functions are available on smart phones like the iPhone, which has numerous heart rate apps. Check out the video below, though, to see Fujitsu’s ability to deliver these functions on a simple flip phone, which is currently shipping in Japan on the DoCoMo network.