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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 8:56 pm    Post subject: Sega Saturn / NTT Docomo TV Phone Reply with quote

From the Google translation it looks like this was slated for a summer 1997 release for around 30,000 yen, but I can't find anything else on it.



http://web.archive.org/web/19961224090605/http://www.sega.co.jp/sega/check/tv_phone/tvphone.html
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2014 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A few English articles:

December 13, 1996

SATURN VIDEO PHONE

Sega Enterprises Ltd and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp said on Friday that they would jointly develop a type of videophone using Sega's 32-bit game player Sega Saturn and television sets.

The two firms will joinly develop and produce an adaptor which will turn Sega Saturn players into videophones when connected to telephone lines and TV sets. The adaptor, which incorporates a microphone and a camera, will be launched on the Japanese market at a price of around ¥30,000 ($265) next spring or summer, a Sega spokeswoman said.

NTT will develop the technology and Sega will be in charge of manufacturing and sales, the two companies said. The initial year sales target is set at 20,000 adaptors, the spokeswoman said. The two firms said they plan to develop new applications for the videophone in the entertainment, education and medical fields.

The Saturn-based gadget could bring a cheap, household-use videophone for the first time on to the Japanese market, where only expensive business-use videoconference systems are available. ($1=113 yen)
http://www.sega-saturn.com/saturn/other/december-n.htm



Monday 16 December 1996
NTT, SEGA TO DEVELOP SATURN-BASED VIDEO PHONE

Nippon Telegraph & Telephone (NTT) and Sega Enterprises will jointly develop a video phone based on a TV set and Sega's Saturn games machine, which is in turn based on Hitachi's Super-H RISC. The adapter integrates a camera and microphone, and will be launched in Japan in spring or summer 1997, costing USDlr265. Sales of the adaptors are targeted at 20k units in the first year. NTT and Sega aim to develop new uses for the video phone in the medical, education and entertainment fields.
http://www.telecompaper.com/news/ntt-sega-to-develop-saturnbased-video-phone--97365
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