NTT DoCoMo has developed a prototype mobile phone which was made with the surplus wood of trees culled during thinning operations to maintain healthy forests. The prototype was created with a collaboration with Sharp Corporation, Olympus Corporation and more trees, a reforestation project founded by musician Ryuichi Sakamoto and others.
Each Touch Wood handset has its own distinctive grain patterns and natural coloring. The authentic cypress wood body of the prototype, which is named Touch Wood has an excellent durability and resistance to water, insects and mildew thanks to special three-dimensional compression molding developed by Olympus Corporation.
A mockup of the Touch Wood handset will be exhibited at ITU Telecom World 2009 in Geneva, Switzerland from October 5 to 9 and CEATEC JAPAN 2009 at Makuhari Messe, Chiba Prefecture, Japan from October 6 to 10.