A thank-you to my friend Kim, who showed me this video in her café, Bruno’s Forno. It’s a commercial for a cell phone called Touch Wood. The following write-up on the prototype is from www.w-cellphones.com:
Another interesting concept phone comes from NTT DoCoMo and it’s made of wood. The Japanese producer developed a cell phone prototype made from the surplus wood coming from thinning operations of culled trees, in order to maintain healthy forests. The whole concept was developed in collaboration with SHARP Olympus and ‘More Trees,’ a project concerning reforestation founded by Ryuichi Sakamoto, a famous musician and others.
The prototype was named Touch Wood and features a body made of authentic cypress wood, with an excellent durability and resistance to water, insects and mildew. The wood is treated with a three-dimensional compression molding developed by Olympus Corporation Conventional, as natural wood is not really suitable for using as mobile phone bodies due to its quick wear out.
The Touch Wood handset features its own grain patterns and natural coloring, without using any artificial colors or paints, so as the cypress can retain its original and natural appearance and aroma. You will also be impressed by the attractive shine, created during the compression process.
The new concept cell phone also displays a new commercial use of the thinned wood with otherwise traditional limited applications. Touch Wood is eco-friendly and efficient, because it helps preserving wood resources while strengthening the health of overgrown forests. The wood used for the prototype comes from the Shimanto forest in the Kochi Prefecture, Japan. The forest is taken care of and managed under the ‘More Trees’ project.