Probably when you read or hear about android, usually and most of you will be thinking about mobile devices. Well here’s a new news for you guys. Binatone has unveiled its Android-based iDECT iHome Phone for landlines.
iDECT iHome Phone is meant for landlines, although it will come with features that are normally associated with Android-powered handsets. The phone is a DECT digital cordless phone that includes features more typically seen on an Android smartphone, and not in a regular home phone. In addition to running a stock version of Android, the device also includes Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g), a 2.8-inch 320×240 color touchscreen and a microSD card slot. Apps include are an email client, internet radio, browser, YouTube video player and MP3 player.
More typical home phone functions are a Contacts Manager and a 14 minute digital answering machine. Other functions include call waiting caller ID, alarm, clock and calendar as well as battery life that extends to 80 hours of stand-by time or up to 8 hours of talk time per charge.
Its out in Europe for $142 after conversion, we don’t think this is going to make a splash in more technologically advanced countries as the adoption of landlines have been declining slowly but surely worldwide.
Wouldn’t you like a mobile phone that was built to resemble a Star Trek communicator? Mobile phone maker Nokia, one of Paramount’s promotional partners for the 2009 Star Trek movie, actually built some prototypes of such a device.
Introducing the Nokia’s “Starfleet Communicator” Prototype.
Nokia had a little product placement going on in the latest Star Trek movie. When Paramount was looking for promotional partners for the 2009 Star Trek movie, the Finnish mobile phone giant Nokia was a natural fit. In 2009 Nokia (along with Verizon) ran a Star Trek-themed promotional campaign (with websites), and of course they got a bit of in-movie product placement in the dash of the Corvette joyride scene.
Nokia limited 5800 "Star Trek edition" released in Europe in 2009
In addition, in Europe they released a special “limited Star Trek edition” of their popular 5800 (non-flip) model cell phone, which was essentially the same phone with some Star Trek-themed content.
However, Nokia built another phone that was never released. Nokia designed a special mobile phone to externally resemble the original Star Trek communicator (from the TV series, not the new movie). They built 14 prototypes of this phone in 2008, which were based on the Nokia N76 flip phone. It isn’t clear if Nokia just built these for fun, or if they were seriously considered as a product.
Michael Fisher(a StarTrek reader) was the lucky winner of one of the 14 prototypes that recently went up auction on Ebay. According to Michael the prototype is a fully-working smartphone which he was able to use with a T-Mobile prepaid SIM card. The prototype includes the famous “chirp” when it is flipped open and is loaded with ten custom Star Trek wallpapers, including a few animated moirés. There are also five Trek ringtones pre-loaded. The external redesign of the standard Nokia phone includes a metal “antenna grille” (with the yellow, red, and blue lights underneath) and a starfleet logo embossed into the casing on the back. The attention to detail even includes a tiny etching of the Enterprise on the cover for the USB port.
Hopefully Nokia or some other mobile phone company will take this to the next level and make the Star Trek phone we all want. Alternatively there have been some rumblings of a TOS-era communicator shaped bluetooth device, which could be just as interesting. You can find some custom built bluetooth communicators, but so far there is no officially licensed versions.
Engadget via TrekMovie
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