April 3, 2010

Japanese Company Creates Ringtone To Fight Allergies

A Japanese firm has come up with a mobile phone application to cure hayfever.

The Japan Ringing Tone Laboratory, which was responsible for a dog-bark translation machine, has released its latest invention just in time for spring. 

The Tokyo-based high-tech gadget maker promises its newest cellphone ringtone can bring relief to people suffering from pollen allergies and sinus problems if users hold the handsets under their noses.

Dr. Matsumi Suzuki, the developer, said on his website that he studies acoustics and analyses voiceprints. Suzuki says the ring tone unleashes waves that will shake out pollen stuck in the user's nose. 

Index Corporation, the marketer of the ring tone, said the effectiveness might vary among users.

"There is no guarantee that this has real health benefits," warned a company spokeswoman. She added that the number of downloads has been three times that of their other ringtones, without disclosing sales figures.

The company claims it has come up with ringtones that help users attract members of the opposite sex, lose weight, quit smoking, digest food and relieve shoulder aches.

It also developed a translator for dog barks into human languages known as "Bowlingual".

The gadget has a handset and a microphone attached to a dog collar that analyses six emotions such as joy, sadness and frustration.  It utters phrases like "Play with me!"  The company has also created a version for cats as well.