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We continue the review of the concepts of mobile phones.
1. Flip Phone.
After the introduction of the smartphone, the industrial design of the devices has converged into all looking more or less the same. Due to the touchbased interaction every smartphone device is now a flat rectangle with a screen on it, making it difficult for both the user and the manufactures to differentiate the devices from each other. This phone by Kristian Ulrich Larsen is trying to change that. The unique form and unique way of interacting with it, is supposed to set it apart from other phones, but more importantly it's supposed to add value for the user, making the experience of using a smartphone even more exiting and engaging.
The phone has 3 screens that can be transformed in different ways depending on what the user wants to do with it. Having 3 screens on a phone opens up a number of possibilities in dealing with the content on the device. Because people do not use their phones as a communication device only. It's more and more used for the things, we usually use our laptops for, but with the limited screen real estate on phones, there are still boundaries for what you can do. But with the ability to expand your content onto multiple screens or having multiple apps running on separate screens, it's possible for the user to do a lot more productive, and creative things.
Tarati which designed by Branko Lukic is a step towards rewriting cell phone history, according to the company. This Tarati phone concept comes with no key and button, and you to dial by pass your fingers through the keyholes.
You might be curious about why the Tarati prefer people to stick their finger through a hole just to dial. The designer of Tarati said “This action of dialing alone is a more magical experience and, hence, more indicative of what’s really happening beyond the visible realm.”
As cellular phones become a standard, the statement they make as a symbol and a fashion accessory has become increasingly important. The Radia phone concept by Michael Laut expresses simplicity in form and sophistication in function and user interface. The outer rim, which is made of brushed aluminum, makes both a refined professional statement. The touch-display is large enough to read and display many types of information, yet small enough to maintain a pocket-sized device. Simplicity is also expressed in the power button, which is flanked by the earpiece speaker, and balanced by the microphone which is 180 degrees around the perimeter.
Bend . Mobile
We’ve seen dual sliders, even triple sliders, but we’ve never seen a handset that’s based on the definition of sliding components. The Bend Mobile was created by Andy Kurovets, who also has a couple of other neat gadgets on his site, in case you’re interesting in cool-looking futuristic design.
What we’ve got on our hands is a device that features a screen which can double its size by sliding another screen next to it. The camera of the handset also pops up (slides).
Also, the Bend Mobile features a touch keyboard, a touchscreen, camera zoom buttons, camera flash and a sound system.
5. Samsung Jot.
Most people can’t remember a single phone number anymore, but the Raymond Bessemer ‘Samsung Jot’ cell phone brings back the dynamism of dialing. With a colorful LED display and a rotary number wheel, the user can register each digit the old fashioned way from a piece of 2015 technology.
Set to launch in a few years’ time, the Bessemer ‘Samsung Jot’ backtracks for people who are unhappy with the impersonal character of the contemporary cutting-edge. With a detachable stylus, it allows for text and numbers to be scribbled on the phone’s face, which can be stored away as well as any other mobile phone, should you prefer to make a call using a single button.
6. Breitling Concept.
All of us have fantasized about those terribly suave and secretive communicating devices of retro flicks. The way 007 (and other less known secret agents) flicked the top of their watches and twiddled the little antennae captured imaginations of the viewers. And it seems even modern concepts are carrying the light. Elie Man is an industrial designer from
His Mobile Phone Lifestyle Concept jumps straight out of the retro flicks.
Designed for the well known watchmaker Breitling “the concept combines a
chronograph timepiece with a mobile phone”. The designer does not reveal too
much about the specs that he wishes to incorporate. Elie does however add that
the titanium make will hide in its belly a phone based on Motorola Mobile OS.
The watch itself will ooze luxury with the glare-proof sapphire crystals. All
in all the concept might seem a bit far fetched but worth seeing on the product
7. On Time.
My wrist is jealous. It hasn’t seen an accessory adorn its graceful neck in years thanks to the advent of mobile phones. There have been several attempts by designers and companies to integrate the two, they’ve never been successful. The On Time Headset System by Pedro Gomes seems to be a much better marriage between them and one I could see myself using.
It’s technically a bracelet but it tells time so that makes it a watch, but it also handles calls which mean it’s a mobile phone. When someone calls, the bracelet rings and/or vibrates. The entire face pops out as a wireless headset without sacrificing a screen since there’s a secondary LCD. Both LCDs are touch enabled.
Czech designer Roman Tubl from
has developed a concept mobile phone as an egg. The designer is sure that this
form would make the gadget as convenient to use. The concept assumes that the
phone will have a touchscreen instead of buttons. Prague
Project Rimino redefines mobile experience through human factors research and design thinking. Informed by human experience, the project is guided by both observational and experimental design research methods.
The Rimino concept by Amid Moradganjeh is an E-paper mobile device with a user interface inspired by print posters. Historically, as technology has progressed, devices have become more conspicuous. Rimino challenges this trend and presents the alternative: technology that is more integrated and more sensitive to the human experience.
Rimino concept video represents a future that is envisioned to be more aligned with what we need and want as people instead of our needs and wants being dictated by technology.
The MINIMA by Seung-Hyun Yoon is a classic example of how important form is in the design process. The adorable lattice style for keypads and the wood finish, relay a completely organic look. Specific attention to details like the camouflaged secondary display on the outer flip and bamboo look, make this an object of desire.
11. HTC Tube.
Antoine Brieux has an HTC fixation and I totally support his fascination. His HTC Tube concept is a killer as far design and specs go. It’s basically about splitting the phone into two segments, an outer shell and the inner cartridge. What this means is three variations (8, 16 & 64GB) are symmetric, but when it comes to the tech specs, it all depends upon the cartridge fitted.
12. Samsung B&O Concept Phone.
If you’re going to throw another smartphone into the saturated market, you had better come with something different and that’s why I like this concept Samsung B&O phone by NAK. Inspired by Bang & Olufsen, it’s a mix between the current Samsung Galaxy lineup with B&O’s traditional slant on masculine industrial engineering. I think the final form works. It’s thin and sleek, yet manages to slightly deviate from the “me too” crowd. LOVE the dock which transforms it into a banging B&O speaker.
13. LG Paper Touch.
Can you imagine a phone that behaves like a piece of paper? Well, the LG Paper Touch Phone by Leif Erickson is one such unique handset, that’s able to unfold four times, each time providing different uses. Four-folding is supported and the resulting folds are put together using elastomer joint.
Once the LG concept phone is completely unwrapped, it offers the user the chance to view an OLED display, useful for web browsing, video chatting and e-book reading. When folded, the gadget is a mere phone, but when completely and totally unfolded it become some sort of a laptop, with multimedia integration.
This is not the first time I’ve seen a device that’s both a tablet and a phone, so this trend might generate some real life gadgets soon.
Seoul-based designer Bon-Seop Ku's wicked concept phone has a killer, if fictional, interface: The "Aqua GUI," comprised of water bubbles presumably manipulated by an electric current.
Having a problem with your bulky smartphone and tight jeans? This is where the Glance skinny handset comes into play, a concept created by designer Alan Gerardo Farias. We’re dealing with a
4 inch OLED screen phone,
with a display that’s scratch resistant.
This is an extremely slim dual display phone, with dual speakers, mini USB port, a bottom
2 inch OLED display for notifications and a
front and back camera with flash. The reason why this unit is called “Glance”?
Well, in the moment you hold the handset in your pocket, only the smaller 2 inch screen can be seen,
so you can have a glance at it, to see the missed calls, texts, twitter
mentions and whatnot.
One can only guess the thickness of this model, but I’m supposing it’s below the 7mm speculated for the iPhone 5. The only question here is the material and the component types, since it would take serious nanotech to produce something so skinny…
16. Line Phone.
Judging by some of the newly announced phones, you might get the idea that we’re living in the future. But every once in a while, a concept of a phone comes along that makes it very clear that it’s not the future yet.
The Line Phone, which won the 2010 Furong Cup in ‘Digital Product and Service Design Competition’ in
, is one such concept… China
The Line Phone is a full touch phone in the extreme – the front is a touchscreen edge to edge. Also, the defining feature of the concept is the touch sensitive rim, which plays a key role in controlling the user interface.
This rim serves a double purpose – it has a dynamic backlight, which is used as an indicator, but it’s also used for gestures. From simple scrolling to more complex gestures like changing the volume, skipping songs, image rotation and even going back to edit a text before it has been sent. All based on where and how you touch the rim and the currently active app.
The touchscreen also boasts a variety of multitouch gestures – who needs physical buttons when you have a well thought-out touch UI, right?
Anyway, it’s a great concept though there are some things I’m not quite certain about (the whole front face of the phone is a touchscreen, so where’s the earpiece?). Not that it matters – avant-garde concepts like this rarely see the light of day as an actual product.
17. Synaptics Fuse.
Synaptics have ganged up with a few other companies to create the Synaptics Fuse concept full-touch phone. The concept tries to take phone interfaces to the next level by combining a touchscreen with other technologies to improve one-hand-usability and reduce the need to look at the screen.
The multi-touch screen is a given, but Synaptics have gone the extra mile and have covered the whole phone with a variety of sensors. Force and capacitive sensors on the sides of the Synaptics Fuse sense the users grip and control panning and scrolling.
The force sensors enable another gesture as well - squeezing the phone. The back of the phone is touch sensitive as well and can be used for 2D navigation. Yet another sense of the Synaptics Fuse is the proximity sensor.
But input is just half of the interaction expression. The Synaptics Fuse concept phone uses 3D graphics and "next generation" haptic to interact with the user's senses. The press release stays mum on the matter what exactly "next-generation" implies.
Still, from what we could tell from the videos below, the Synaptics Fuse uses a WVGA AMOLED screen and is powered by a Cortex A8 based processor with PowerVR SGX graphics chip.
The Fuse debuted January 2010 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in
Las Vegas and February
2010 at the Mobile World Congress in . Barcelona,
18. Nokia HumanForm.
Nokia HumanForm by Nokia Design and Nokia Research Center was created in a joint effort to translate the most promising new nanotechnologies into meaningful user experiences, in order to create real devices and set goals for future product portfolios.
The project is a key step towards bringing significant user experience benefits to the market, enabled by nanotechnology. Nokia HumanForm is a visionary solution for a dynamically flexible device for uses beyond touch screen and voice communication where technology is invisible and intuition takes over. Natural interactions are enabled with a kinetic user interface.
19. Mobiado Aston Martin.
Mobiado Aston Martin CPT002 is a Smartphone hard to describe without using superlatives. Did you ever think that there will be a Smartphone called Aston Martin? In my opinion, this is one of the coolest Smartphone’s ever made.
Result of collaboration between renowned Canadian company Mobiado and Aston Martin, the device has a touchscreen display made of an ultra-resistant sapphire crystal.
Mobiado Aston Martin CPT002 is provided on the side with a frame made of platinum, which was introduced within the combined battery, SIM card and other specific components. As design, the device also presents a transparent tablet with multiple features.
Designed to be an electronic ignition for Aston Martin, this unique Smartphone meet the hi-tech needs of the most demanding users. It can be used for an ordinary phone conversation, can be connected to the Internet, but can also be used instead of a GPS.
Slim, sleek, designed in a futuristic style, Mobiado Aston Martin CPT002 offers extra safety for the lucky owners, because transmits the airbags system the data motion recorded by the accelerator.
20. Gravity Phone.
Hello high definition. Four awesome designers (Lukas Doenz, Joachim Kornauth, Toni Weichselbraun and Max Salesse) bring you an HD cellular / mobile phone with a lovely shape, a flat screen with the highest definition, and most excellently, a fabulous presentation. This is the “Gravity Series” phone concept and it “offers HD technology within the dimensions of your pocket.” Of course, if you’ve got those pants that have the notebook sized pockets, it might be better to go with that, but this one is lighter.
This line of telephone will allow for upgradeable components, plug in and plug out, switch how you please. There’ll be full expandability allowing for perfect usability. Your personal needs fulfilled by an open market and a uniquely shaped telephone.
It has that extra bar on there. It must do something fantastic. It lets you play some fantastic games. It is just sensual.