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NTT DoCoMo Develops FOMA-Compatible Controller for Appliances
Posted: 01-Apr-2004 [Source: NTT DoCoMo]

[FOMA handsets along with controller can operate home appliances.]

Tokyo -- NTT DoCoMo, Inc. announced today that it has developed a controller that enables home appliances to be operated with 3G FOMA videophone handsets from virtually anywhere, further expanding the practicality of NTT DoCoMo's FOMA service.

The controller enables operations such as programming the recording of a TV program and then viewing the playback on the phone, turning air conditioners and lights on an off, and viewing live video from the controller's built-in camera, including automatically if the unit's built-in motion sensor detects movement. Video can also be transmitted from a FOMA phone for live viewing on a screen connected to the controller.

The controller is equipped for both infrared (IrDA) and cable connection to appliances. It also has a USB port for connection to computers and an I/O port for connection to external sensors.

The controller itself connects to the FOMA network via a data card that can be connected to the unit via a PC card slot.

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