NTT DoCoMo shows tablet-based virtual shared spaces, two-way clear touchscreen

Japan's largest mobile carrier displayed the new technologies at the Wireless Japan show in Tokyo

NTT DoCoMo, Japan's largest mobile operator, is developing a new platform that allows two remote tablet users to explore and share a virtual space.

In a demonstration of the platform at the Wireless Japan exhibition in Tokyo, two users in separate rooms first connected in a manner similar to a video chat. Their motions were captured by a video camera and shown to each other projected onto virtual backgrounds, such as a moonscape or city block. The users could then explore the virtual space together, sweeping their tablets around them to use as a window in the virtual world.

Separately, DoCoMo also demonstrated a new touchscreen that is clear, and allows taps and scrolls from either side.

(See video of the new technologies on YouTube.)

The company's tablet demonstration also utilizes voice recognition, scanning the conversation between the two users for certain words and phrases. When one is mentioned, it appears in a balloon on the screens of both users' tablets, and tapping it can open a link or cause an avatar to appear on the screen.

The company is steadily rolling out services that add on to traditional voice and video chat. It is also testing a real-time translator service and a voice-driven concierge service. DoCoMo is the only of Japan's big three operators that doesn't carry Apple devices, but has the strongest network and largest user base.

DoCoMo's experimental touchscreen is clear enough so things behind it can be clearly seen, but also has enough brightness so its contents aren't hard to find. It senses taps and scrolls from both its front and rear sides, or both at the same time, allowing for new kinds of motion input, including pinching the screen from either side.

The operator said both technologies are still under development and neither has a launch date.

Wireless Japan 2012 runs Wednesday through Friday in Tokyo.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Jay Alabaster

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?