The Kyocera URBANO PROGRESSO Transmits Sound Using Vibrations and Skin Contact

By: Sarah Moore - Published: May 19, 2012 • References: global.kyocera and gizmag
While those "Can you hear me now?" commercials are entertaining, not being to hear the person on the other end of the line is extremely frustrating -- something that the Kyocera URBANO PROGRESSO smartphone is promising to eliminate.

To counteract distracting background noise that makes it difficult to effectively talk on the phone, the screen of this smartphone transmits sound through vibration rather than by using a traditional speaker.

Using what the company has dubbed as the 'Smart Sound Receiver,' sound is reverberated through the screen and becomes audible when coming in contact with the user's face. There is also evidence to support that this type of system could improve communication for the hearing impaired.

The cheek-gyrating telephone will only be available to those in the Japanese market and will run on the Android 4.0 system.