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Kyocera's 'speaker-less' Urbano Progresso: tissue conduction
The device's display conducts sound to your eardrum in two ways: through connective tissue, and through the air in your ear canal.
For people constantly working in noisy environments, this innovation could prove a real differentiating feature. Of course, the Kyocera Urbano Progresso would be dead in the water if tissue-conduction would be all it brought to the table. But the device is actually a pretty good smartphone.
There’s also the potential for Smart Sound to help the hearing impaired, but while "tissue conduction" can handle a phone call just fine, it's unlikely to cut it when listening to music.
The URBANO PROGRESSO runs on Android 4.0 and is expected to launch in the Japanese market at the end of May.
Here's a run-down of the key specs: