DoCoMo Looks to Rescue Long-Distance Relationships

Maintaining a long distance relationship can be tough but modern technology–mobile phones, Skype, instant messaging–has made things a little easier. NTT DoCoMo Inc., Japan’s biggest mobile carrier, thinks it can take things to the next level by helping long-distance couples share “non-verbal” communication.

In a product demonstration in its booth at this week’s Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies, also known as CEATEC, DoCoMo exhibited a device and mobile application called the “Taion Heart”, translated as the body temperature heart. The white plastic heart fits in the palm of your hand and when squeezed, it registers a pulse reading as well as the pressure with which you are squeezing the device.

That information is relayed by a wireless Bluetooth connection to a mobile phone running the application and is passed onto your partner’s phone, which in turn beams the information to their corresponding Taion Heart.

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