Just when I thought cell phones could do it all — take/watch videos and pictures, listen to music, send e-mails, browse the Web, remind you about appointments, wake you up with a zillion different alarm options, and let you make phone calls — then along comes a new phone by DoCoMo, called the "Fitness Phone," that doubles as a personal trainer and lets you know when your breath stinks. See the Reuters' story: "Cell phone helps Japanese stay fit."
Here's a snippet from the article:
The handheld phone, equipped with various devices that can measure your pulse or the amount of steps you've taken in a day, dispenses heath advice after you've punched in statistics such as gender, age and weight.
And you can also exhale into the phone and it will tell you whether its time to reach for the breath mints.
Do you think that this phone will be a hit in Japan? If so, I wonder if it will eventually make its way to the United States. You have to admit that the marketing angle is fantastic. Looking good? Fresh breath? About the only thing that's lacking with this phone is a direct dial dating service. Don't worry... I'm sure that feature isn't too far off.
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