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Slap Bracelet Cell Phone

Cell Phone Integrated into a Slap Bracelet
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Although electronics keep getting smaller, cell phones can't really get much smaller and still have a usable keypad, much less be comfortable to use and difficult to mislay.

This would be a phone with the keypad and antenna integrated into a slap bracelet like those that were popular in the 1980's.

(For the uninitiated, this is a chunk of fairly stiff material that (like a tape measure) seeks either a long, flat, concave shape or a curled-up shape. So you "slap" it against your wrist to put it on)

There would be a small rigid section in the middle that would house the display, chips, and battery. The microphone would be at one end (with the keypad buttons above), and a small speaker would be at the other end.

The phone could double as a digital watch when on your wrist.

frankus, Oct 19 2004

Disposable Cellphones http://www22.verizo...%2C1012z1%2C00.html
Printing circuitry on paper - the Phone Card Phone. [Chrontius, Oct 20 2004]

Siemens Wristphone http://www.cellular...mens_wristphone.htm
Phone or watch? Oh yes, it's a phone - watches are smaller. [wagster, Aug 31 2005]

Griffin Technology Slap http://www.griffint...y.com/products/slap
Sooo close, and yet, not quite. [frankus, Jan 05 2011]


       Makes sense but could they really make phones this small? All for it if it's possible.
harderthanjesus, Oct 19 2004

       I believe they can if you're willing to forgo the screen. I remember reading an article on disposable mobiles. They were very thin and credit card shaped, but didn’t have any particularly useful features, no memory etc. Battery life would be a problem I imagine as well, assuming you wanted this to be rechargeable and offer a practical amount of talk time.
Cubical_View, Oct 19 2004

       Plus for the concept. I share the doubts about the execution but nice idea.
DocBrown, Oct 19 2004

       Battery life = solved.   

       Piezoelectric inserts. Deforming the bracelet to or from your wrist (as was THE thing to do in the 80s, constantly, over and over and OVER AND OVER.....) would power a small set of cells within the edge of the device.
shapu, Oct 19 2004

       Could it be voice activated? A docking station could provide the means to add in your address book and link the phone numbers to voice commands.
egbert, Oct 19 2004

       It could be a blue tooth headset with the main unit in your pocket or backpack. I like it because the grasp you use to take off a bracelet is the same one you use to hold a phone, so no shifting of your hand to answer the phone, just one smooth motion. would battery life be a problem if a head set is not being charged by the main unit?
RBStimers, Mar 12 2005

       Kamathlin - don't go near any radiation while you're wearing your phone.
Basepair, Mar 12 2005

       Basepair - *Mobile phones* are the source of radiations.
kamathln, Aug 31 2005

       I worked on a demo for a watch phone a few years back, I'll see if I can link to it.   

       Ah, there we go - maybe a little bulkier than you were hoping for, but a wrist phone nonetheless.
wagster, Aug 31 2005


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