If you have been reading my blog for a while now you will know that I just love Future Concepts, and Mobile Phones is something that excites me. So it was natural that you would see a roundup of some of the awesome concepts of Mobile Phones from around the world. Wondering why I am excited about things like this, well there is an awesome statistic that says, more than 70% of jobs today did not exist 10 years ago, the type of work we might do in 10 years or even the lifestyle we might have 10 years later are going to be in a way a result of these advancements in technology.
Sometimes it not just about the Mobile Phones themselves, its the applications that lead to more improvements in the hardware and vice versa. If you have noticed these days not only are the ads about the mobiles but also about the Applications for example the advertisement for Layar the Augemented Reality Browser and the Aircell Pocket App Store. Well here is a look at these concept phones, please do let us know what is the most favorite one that you want to use in 5 years time.
Every day Nokia sources 329 million parts and builds a million phones in 100 plus handset models and distributes these phones in 70 different languages to 150 countries. But as phones become less about making calls and more an extension of our connected lives, Nokia is transforming itself from a hardware company into something more converged. It’s not the parts that matter but what use those parts are put to. The Morph touches concepts from Nanotechnology to clean energy all in one breath. This is an older concept but still might hold good today.
Made by the winner of a challenge of Nokia challenge to design future concept phones, rumor has it that Nokia is working on this phone actually. It might be a really interesting concept phone when it comes to reality. Nokia trying to make phones wearable as a small standard as seen in the above two videos, it might just be a growing trend.
Crowd Sourced phone from the guys that crowd sourced and took the browser to the next level, the Mozilla Firefox. The design was actually put together by inputs from the community making it special. More about it here.
The Nokia Kinetic was design student Jeremy Innes-Hopkins’ answer to a Nokia-set brief for a “playful phone for 2012.” In addition to those curvaceous looks, the Kinetic offers the rather unusual ability of “standing up” when a call or text is received by “converting digital information into kinetic movement.” Under the hood, the “visual clue” of the phone standing up would be carried out by an electromagnet shifting a weight, while the same position could be employed for a video call or even watching media. Should you want to dismiss the “spontaneous, magical and undirected” alert, you could just gently push the phone to lie back down again.
UK design and innovation company Kinneir Dufort came up with the “Revive” concept after working with the electronics remanufacturing specialists at Regenersis. The concept is simple: Many of us are tired of the excessive energy used and waste produced during the never-ending product cycles of the consumer electronics industry. The idea is that instead of trading in your old handset for a new one, you upgrade elements of your phone as they wear down (e.g. the battery) or as better parts become available (e.g. the camera).
Created by Nicholas Moffat, Notcia X35-HOLO is a phone that comes with holographic imagery support, holographic maps and a 22 megapixel camera. It’s got a battery that will provide 90 hours of functioning time, a touchscreen display, user programmable side buttons and cross platform app functions. Web browsing and email are also supported. Keep in mind that this is a phone mockup, not a real device, so there’s really no point in asking about the price… We think that the Notcia X35 is a pretty cool device, with a slim design, specially considering how huge the camera sensor should be.
The Japanese company has come up with some cool concept mobile phones, including one with a huge screen and movable see-through keypad. Kyocera has a history of creating concept phones and we hope it continues to create them because we can’t get enough.
Andrew Kim’s design for the HTC 1 encompasses both the handset and elements of the user interface in order to “create a harmonized hardware and software design.” What both elements have in common is a fantastic simplicity, with a smooth, seamless phone design complimented by a much more minimal “mono edition” of HTC’s existing Sense UI.
The wow factor for HTC 1’s design comes in with the simple, yet brilliant idea of offering a twist out kickstand across the entire bottom of the phone, which doesn’t ruin the device’s clean lines when not in use, and provides a useful way to stand the phone up, either for watching media or to set the phone on your nightstand as an alarm clock.
The Synaptics “Fuse” concept is remarkable if for nothing else than for how many companies were involved in its design. TheAlloy provided product design efforts, the UI was from both TheAlloy and TAT, which also enabled the 3D environment, Immersion added the tactile feedback, and the phone — that exists as a real-life prototype (unlike others on this list) — is powered by Texas Instrument’s OMAP 3630 processor. But of course that’s not the only remarkable aspect of the concept or it wouldn’t have made the cut. The Fuse has been designed for single-handed usage, and boasts multi-touch capacitive sensing, haptic feedback (that tiny feedback “buzz”), and 3D graphics, as well as force, grip and proximity sensors.
10. iPhone 5 Concept
A very clever video from WaterWorks that imagines what the next-generation of iPhone would be like if it boasted holographic functionality. Is that something that would even appeal to you? Have your say in the comments below.
If you’ve seen Minority Report, Surrogates, Gamer (the movies) and played a Final Fantasy title with futuristic setting, you know what to expect from the following video. We’ve discovered it on Mac Funamizu’s blog, as he was the one who designed the user interface for a future computer, in the SoftBank Information Revolution video. Here’s how it looks like:
More of these are floating around the Internet, but I am waiting for some of these to leave the concept videos and turn into reality, sometime soon. Use the comments below and maybe we can vote on which is the most awesome.