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Last Updated: Tuesday, 1 February, 2005, 14:54 GMT
Moving mobile improves golf swing
Model demonstrating phone
Shaking phone responds to movement
A mobile phone that recognises and responds to movements has been launched in Japan.

The motion-sensitive phone - officially titled the V603SH - was developed by Sharp and launched by Vodafone's Japanese division.

Devised mainly for mobile gaming, users can also access other phone functions using a pre-set pattern of arm movements.

The phone will allow golf fans to improve their swing via a golfing game.

Watching TV

Those who prefer shoot-'em-ups will be able to use the phone like a gun to shoot the zombies in the mobile version of Sega's House of the Dead.

The phone comes with a tiny motion-control sensor, a computer chip that responds to movement.
Colin Montgomerie
Phone allows you to improve your swing

Other features include a display screen that allows users to watch TV and can rotate 180 degrees.

It also doubles up as an electronic musical instrument. Users have to select a sound from a menu that includes clapping, tambourine and maracas and shake their phone to create a beat.

It is being recommended for the karaoke market.

The phone will initially be available in Japan only and is due to go on sale in mid-February.

The new gadget could make for interesting people-watching among Japanese commuters, who are able to access their mobiles on the subway.

Fishing afficiandos in South Korea are already using a phone that allows them to simulate the movement of a rod.

The PH-S6500 phone, dubbed a sports-leisure gadget, was developed by Korean phone giant Pantech and can also be used by runners to measure calorie consumption and distance run.

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