Nanoparticle coated bamboo handset gets patent, gives slivers

We're thinking the patent given to an enviro-friendly bamboo handset takes the cake -- if, that is, you are hunting for a biodegradable handset that may give you splinters. The patent also allows for a nanotech self-cleaning coating that will be useful for "sterilizing, deodorizing, antifouling and self-cleaning." Throw in 3G internet access, a 0.3 to 8 megapixel cam, and we have a well rounded device -- though we aren't too clear on what exactly is being antifouled. While a practical application may not be just around the corner, we are digging that green alternatives (even rather strange ones) are being considered. Hit the read link for the full patent.