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Replace Buttons With Mouth Organ

Instead of buttons for a mobile phone input method, simply blow a tune through it to dial.
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A phone is a similar shape to a mouth organ, so it shouldn't be beyond modern science to integrate a mouth organ's gubbins into a phone - an organ transplant if you will. Perhaps it might need slight modification away from the diatonic scale towards the DTMF tone scale.
Ian Tindale, Jan 15 2005

Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
To look stuff up in. [Ian Tindale, Jan 15 2005]

DTMF = Dual-tone multi-frequency http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DTMF
"also known as Touch Tone®" [calum, Jan 15 2005]

For [tiromancer] http://www.bluestra...ay.php?memo_id=1033
Mini Harmonica - about an inch long. [jutta, Jan 15 2005]


       Is a mouth organ like a kazoo, a harmonica, or what? I thought the mouth already WAS an organ.   

       What is DTMF?
robinism, Jan 15 2005

       am I wrong to look for subtext?
po, Jan 15 2005

       A harmonica, according to [Ian Tindale]'s link =P. I was expecting something like a jaw harp.   

       All the harmonica's I've seen are at least half the size of the mobile phone. Are you suggesting a fully functioning harmonica with a phone built around it, or a phone with a row of sensors on the side, which simulates a harmonica?
tiromancer, Jan 15 2005

       A modified mouth organ would be perfect for producing DTMF tones. You could use it just to dial from the mouthpiece of a landline phone as well. Your auditory memory would end up as a aide-memoire for numbers and possibly even replace your phone book eventually. Easily memorised numbers are currently sold at a premium (eg 020 111 2222). If we all used mouth organs to dial then numbers that sounded a little bit like "Danny Boy" or "White Christmas" would suddenly become the valuable and desirable numbers.
wagster, Jan 15 2005

       Maybe it's easy for musicians, but I have trouble telling some DTMF tones apart.
jutta, Jan 15 2005

       I would be in favour of refrequencing (I am assured that is a real word) the DTMF tones to a major scale, allowing the playing of tunes on a phone keypad. You could use snippets of music like emoticons: "Ok then, I'll hurry round right now <plays first two bars of the William Tell Overture>", or "I hear your lot are playing Arsenal tomorrow <Mahler's funeral march>".
wagster, Jan 15 2005

       Hah! That looks like it would work about as well as dialing cell phone with your ass. I suppose it could just be made longer though.   

       I wonder if it sounds the same?   

       An electronic harmonica would have a few advantages... you could use headphones, and the phone could play your phonebook entries to another phone.
tiromancer, Jan 15 2005

       For 'mouth organ' or 'harmonica' read 'spittle trap'.
DrBob, Jan 17 2005

       Do you know the number for Domino's?
No, but if you hum the area code I can fake it.
sartep, Jan 18 2005

       hello stranger... Domino's <spit>
po, Jan 18 2005


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