DoCoMo has announced the newest model in their so-called ‘easy phone’ series, the Raku-Raku Basic, targeted at seniors who require user-friendly handsets equipped with special functions. Specific features include “Slow Voice”, which improves comprehensibility through embedded software that slows the other person’s voice speed, and “Clear Voice” noise-detection, which automatically adjusts voice and ringtone volume according to surrounding noise level. Enhanced “Read Aloud” audibly announces the name of the caller or e-mail sender and provides audio readouts of i-mode pages, while “Simple Mail Generation” offers preset messages for quick replies to e-mails.
The Raku-Raku Basic is also compatible with i-channel, DoCoMo’s push-based service for automatically delivering news and other information as telop text on standby screens, and the text can be displayed in extra-large letters for easy reading. The “Raku-Raku iMenu” within the iMenu site, created specifically for the Raku-Raku PHONE family, is an easy-to-view menu that aids navigation. In addition, the handset functions as a pedometer, can measure the distance the user has walked and also calculates calorie consumption. DoCoMo plans to market the new handset from April. The design was created by Kenya Hara, renowned art director of Muji, in collaboration with handset maker Fujitsu and DoCoMo. Announcement Via: DoCoMo PR.