Generation next

With the next phase of i-mode's launch date just around the corner, keitai-crazy Japan gets set with a host of funky, high-tech 3G phones and gadgets. Chieko Tashiro sneak previews some cutting-edge hand-held gadgets.

Office in a mobile
This one has a camera, video conferencing telephone, access to the Internet, capacity to download music and graphics...but wait...there's also room to save your music to a flash memory card. J-Phone

Smaller, smarter phone

This is smaller than the tiniest on the market now and promises not to cut out when your bullet train enters a tunnel. You can wander far from home, to India or Reykjavik, and still be able to call Mum. DoCoMo

Movie phone
Watch the latest Godzilla movie on this fab phone or use the screen to videoconference. DoCoMo

Dick Tracy-style phone in a watch

OK, OK...the comic character had one first and that was way back in the 1930s. But at least you can have the real thing. With this mobile in a watch you can send emails, talk, and, of course, tell the time. G-Shock

Videophone with flash memory card

Have a video conference call and snap a still photo too. Also has a 64K flash memory card slot to exchange or save those calls-great when you're talking to the boss or canceling a date. J-Phone

Phone in your PC
This PDA device has a phone built in. So without any connection you can browse the net, send emails and faxes. Use the in-built camera to take a photo of yourself and send to your friends. The screen isn't tiny either. DoCoMo

394: Wire tap
wireless networking
392: You've got mail
390: School's in session
From earning an MBA to making a webpage, online classes are a convenient ...
388: Diaries go hi-tech
Up-to-date diarists have chucked the avocado leatherette versions..
386: Why Upgrade?
Kristen McQuillin explains when to upgrade
384: Gadgets to go
Get the goods on the latest mobile devices
382: Hot software
The season's best new releases
380: Peripheral vision
How to purchase computer toys in Japan
378: In safe hands
How to avoid repetitive strain injury (RSI)
376: Kill spam
How to minimize your junk email
372: In for repair
Computer repair options in Tokyo
370: Game for a laugh
Semi-annual Tokyo Game Show
368: Knowledge is power
Empowering women in technology
366: Generation next
Cutting-edge keitai
364: MacWorld
Exploring MacWorld Tokyo 2001
362: Online translation
Simultaneous E-to-J and J-to-E translation... online
360: DIY Star Wars
Recreate your own sci-fi epic at home
358: Network gaming
Play games with friends on your keitai
357: Bad it online
Japan's burgeoning e-commerce market
355: Robotic revelations
Japanese robots leading the way
352/3: Get the point - a new kind of points system
350: Talk is cheap
Internet telephone technology
348: Tsukumo
346: Digital Stadium
Innovative computer-generated art on NHK
344: Tokyo Game Show
The latest releases at this fall's show
342: WonderBorg
The mechanical insect
340: Fun and games
There's a new game console in town...
337: Dream on
Tokyo Dream Technology Fair 2000