LG develops tactile broadcast phone
Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

A South Korean firm said today it is developing a mobile phone which allows users to feel broadcasts as well as seeing and hearing them. ”We have developed new mobile phone technology which adds the sense of touch to the traditional modes of sight and hearing,” said LG Electronics spokesman Song Keun-Young.

The phone can vibrate when a shot hits the net in a football game or a car hits the wall in a TV drama, he said. ”If a bomb explodes in an action movie, light-emitting diodes blink in tune with the audio-visual content, on display in three dimensions,” Song said.

LG plans to market new models using the three-dimensional and sensing technology next year after securing content, he said. The models will carry terrestrial digital multimedia broadcasting (DMB), which provides clear video, high-quality audio and data through handheld devices or terminals in cars, he said.

MBC, a broadcasting network, started DMB services in late 2005.

(Source: AFP)