10 Future Concept Phones – The future is really interesting

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.

1. Nokia Morph Concept

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.

2. Nokia 888 Concept Phone

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.

3. Mozilla Seabird Concept

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.

4. Nokia Kinetic

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.

5. Kinneir Dufort Revive

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).

6. Notcia X35-HOLO -Holographic Cellphone With a 22 MP 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.

7. Kyocera Concept Phone

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.

8. HTC 1

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.

9. Synaptics Fuse

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.

The Middle east beginning to shake off its Oily Image

About 40 years ago the OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) was born and the Middle Eastern countries really started raking in money from the oil that people had found in the previous 40 years. Ever since, countries have looked at the Middle Eastern nations for their massive demand of Oil and Oil products. The Image of Rich spoilt boys from Oil money roaming around the streets with Rolls Royce and Lamborghini’s was formed by all the expatriates in these countries who came looking for some of it.

The image of the middle east has been completely marked with Oil money and expansive behaviours, so much so that nations in the middle east used that OIL money to bring in more people from around the world to live in their nations, and in the process make the desert a place to have millions of people, all in all increasing their carbon footprints. As a matter of fact the United Arab Emirates where I live supposedly has the largest carbon footprint of all the nations in the world per person.

So much about the dark side, the brighter side is that the baby boomer generation in these countries are coming into decision making places and they are making the right decisions in changing the image of the middle east in general. From Abu Dhabi’s most talked about Masdar project which I had the fortune to work on (A small part) right up until visionary projects all across the middle east that are in the pipeling and will change the future of the Middle east from an Oil Powered nations to renewable energy nations.


For all those guys who would like to see proof here are some of the projects that are in progress in the Middle east that will really make a difference .. soon :


The world’s first city that aims at negative carbon emission is one of the most awesome entries in this list. Masdar, in Abu Dhabi has the potential to not only show was to the rest of the Middle East and the World, but also with its initiatives like the Masdar University and Sheikh Zayed Future Energy Prize they might just give gems of renewable energy as well as sustainability lessons to the world.

Desertec / Dii

Dii is a unique private industry joint venture that was launched as the ‘Desertec Industrial Initiative’ in July 2009. Desertec / Dii  activities focus on power generation from the sun and wind in the deserts of the MENA countries and transmission to local demand and partly to the European interconnected grid. Dii will objectively investigate and identify suitable technologies for power generation and transmission. As a consequence, all field-proven, feasible technologies for sun and wind energy conversion and long-distance power transmission will be candidates for selection. This would for instance include CSP and PV technologies, AC and DC transmission and also different concepts for wind power. Dii aim at facilitating and encouraging investments in the framework of the Desertec concept, including knowledge transfer to the MENA area and the establishment of local industries.

Algerian SonelGaz

The Algerian government had decided instead to develop its own flagship solar project. Algeria will do more with solar and expects to make a new town which is completely [powered by] solar electricity. To this end, the state-owned gas and power utility Sonelgaz would install 365 megawatts of solar power capacity between 2013 and 2020. The company planned to install the first 10mw of solar capacity in 2013 and to increase that to 50mw the following year. Sonelgaz planned to spend US$3.3 billion (Dh12.11bn) this year on expanding Algeria’s total power generation capacity and gas distribution network in order to ease energy shortages during peak demand periods.

Bharain Wind-Solar Pilot Power Project

Bahrain will announce next month the winner of a contract to advise on a pilot renewable energy power plant for the kingdom. As well as advising on the pilot project, the selected bider will conduct a feasibility and assessment study for renewable energy technology in Bahrain. The pilot facility is aimed at practical research to further the development of commercial projects. It is expected to be a hybrid wind and solar plant and it will be located on an island.

Millennium Energy Company in Jordan

Millennium Energy Industries, the Jordanian renewable energy developer, has taken the first step towards realising one of three solar projects planned for the Maan Development Area in Jordan’s southern desert. It has teamed up with the US engineering firm CH2M Hill to launch a feasibility study for a utility-scale concentrating solar power plant (CSP) proposed for the Maan Industrial Estate. The study would be funded by the US Trade Development Agency and would address the plant’s technical and economic viability, the companies said. It would also define an implementation strategy in partnership with Jordan’s government and other organisations. Although the technology has been proved on a commercial scale, only 679 megawatts of capacity had been installed worldwide last year, but  another 2,000mw was under construction. Not much of that was in Jordan, or anywhere else within the Middle East.

Last Word

Being in a position to not only produce for the local market but also export technology and knowhow is going to be the next Oil race. So, the renewable energy seems to be the correct direction to go for the Middle East Oil Giants. Interestingly, this is might be a renewal of the Middle East into nations that might just help the world rather than kill it with the carbon footprints.

Made in China now cutting edge – Fully Solar powered AC

There used to be a time when Made in China used to be treated as a curse than a good thing, having said that Manufacturers still flocked to China due to its low production costs, low labour costs and an industry friendly government. The Government in China provided so many avenues for the manufacturers and industries that people will still flock there despite any bad image the cheaper Chinese products will have to offer.  I guess being on a high profile project in the Middle East, the shift is quite certainly visible. On the Project that I am working on, the guidelines of the client are clear about the country of origin, manufacturers only from North America, Western Europe, Japan are allowed to provide products for the project.

However, in the last three years it is getting increasingly difficult to find reputed manufacturers that still procure, manufacture and ship their products from the mentioned countries. Almost all of them seem to have some part of the process in China. So much so, that companies like CISCO do not produce some key products in the United States, they are manufactured in China or Mexico. The centres of the world are changing. Adding to the woes of my client, new cutting edge technology is now coming out of China and that might not be available anywhere else in the world, like this, the Fully Solar Powered Air Conditioning.

For anyone that lives in a country with a warm climate, air conditioning is an essential piece of technology making the most stuffy home or office comfortable to work in. Unfortunately powering such units often causes large energy bills for consumers and companies and generates a sizable carbon footprint. Not cool! Luckily, China, who is rapidly becoming the world’s leader in renewable energy development and knows all about warmer summers and freezing winters, has just unveiled the world’s first air conditioned unit powered by solar energy.

Developed by a company called Shandong Vicot Air Conditioning Co., Ltd, the solar powered air-con unit could save companies and home owners not only masses of money but also reduce their carbon emissions, and we all know that China needs the later more, after the fogs during the Olympic Games.  Showcased at the World Solar-Powered Air Conditioning Development Forum, the solar-powered air conditioning unit boasts an optimal 85% thermal cooling conversion efficiency, with an ability to utilize to 27 times the amount of solar power than the average water heating unit uses. The Shandong Vicot Air Conditioning unit also allows for 24-hour continuous cooling, heating, and supply of hot water, while natural gas can be used as a supplemental energy supply, so during periods of poor sunshine, heating and cooling can still be provided. This should be quite rare however as in terms of solar power.

India also has a similar geographic and can benefit from this Solar marvel. The biggest place it will make an impact is most certainly the middle east. Since I just read that people in the UAE have the highest carbon footprint in the world.


New Seats in Airlines to increase seating capacity by 25%

How many of us complain about the seating in the Aircraft’s, Most of us ? Some of Us ? None of Us ? My guess would have to be most of us, and being tall like I am does not help the cause as well. I keep wondering, Aircraft manufacturers seem to be building bigger and better aircraft’s trying to provide that additional comfort for passengers, but airlines seem to be making the spacing between seats smaller to make more passengers fit in the same aircraft thus increasing profit and lowering costs.

This is definitely the case with most Budget airlines and with Emirates.  I cannot imagine travelling half way around the world on an Emirates airline flight, sitting 16 hours in a cramped space defiantly is going to cause a lot of discomfort especially for me. Business class, well I am not yet there, to be able to fly business class all the time. Anyway, the trend in the Airline industry in general seems to be trying to cramp as many guys in the same flight as possible. Even to the extent that some airlines have started offering standing room only tickets. I am sure those can be applicable only for short flights. But if one Italian Design firm has its way we could be having one extra person for every 4 passengers on our existing flights.

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10 Awesome college courses I would have loved to do

Don’t get me wrong, I am really glad that I studies my engineering and have reached where I have. The analytical ability to look at things wondering and figuring out how they work and what makes things tick is something that I got from Engineering. Having said that I just saw this list on Pop sci for the 30 amazing College Labs and really wanted to attend at least a few of these. Just because they are awesome and really cool. Just to summarize I thought it might be worthwhile sharing my top 10 from that list with you.

Especially now that college is starting worldwide, it would bring a bit of perspective to the various education systems around the world and hopefully bring about some change in the education systems especially in India. I remember that out of the many professors that I had during Engineering, most would agree that this might be even a good addition into the Engineering Curriculum in India. To all the teachers around the world, a very happy teachers day.

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Everyday Tools that Mobiles Can replace

Like most of us, the Mobile for me is an integral part of my life. Although there are times when I pray that it stops ringing, its still a really important part of my life. All of us will remember in the early days of the mobile phone, there used to be instances of people leaving their phones at home, or forgetting it somewhere. These days its gotten more uncommon for something like that to happen, this just means that its really a good addition to our attire. But, is the mobile phone just popular because of the Calls and Messages (Maybe about 90% usage) or something more. No, I am still not hinting at the uses of the Mobile Phone Camera, which of course is one of my most popular posts here.

If people just wanted Mobile Phones for the calls and messages there would have been no market for the iPhones, the Blackberries and the sorts. So why is the iPhone so popular and why is the Android getting popular so quick ? A 4 letter word, Apps. Yes, its the Apps thats driving people towards the smartphones. Its not just good apps, but really everything that developers are putting up. Some are awesome, and some are pure crap.

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4 new Gadgets for our everyday lives (kitchens)

Most gadgets aim for that cool factor in our lives and try to replace something thats already there. Be it your new phone or your new laptop. But most innovations seem to be circling around the devices that allow us to communicate, connect and entertain. However, the beginning of gadgets in general used to be panned around making things easy with our way of life, like the heater, the fridge, the microwave etc.

Innovations in that field these days seem far apart and few in between. To allow engineers and innovators to re look at our lives and find what can improve the general quality of life Electrolux organizes an annual event where they give innovators to come up with unique gadgets for just that. At the end of the contest 4 gadgets are chosen to be worked upon by Electrolux. These are the finalists from this year.

1. External Refrigerator

2. Dismount Washer (On wall washing machine)

3.Big Robot Refrigerator

4. Eco Cleaner

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Speed bumps only for the ‘fast’ cars

Being in Dubai its not very common to come across Speed Bumps, but when you do it is quite pleasant, but something that kind of annoys me is the fact that even if you drive slow, you still need to go over the speed bump, that slows you down.l Yes, its annoying. However it is a requirement for the drivers who consider the roads in Dubai an extension of the Dubai Autodrome :) I have my faith in engineers and inventors who would come up with a solution to my annoyance, actually before I even say that I found a solution.

These guys in Mexico’s Decano Industries have a speed bump that could make the speed deterrents a lot less obnoxious. The concept is simple: if a car is going slow enough, the speed bump stays retracted and allows it to continue. Go too fast and you hit the speed bump, in the way we all know best.

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India Report Card for Technology 2010 – Part 2

In my previous post I tried to show some of the posts that I had done in relation to India, Innovation and overall progress. I would like to continue down the line on some of the amazing innovations in the sub continent for this year that I have not written about. And the look of the improvements in technology is reaching far more than just the shores of India but also abroad. The so called “sleeping Tiger” from India is awakening, and putting aside the likes of Notion Ink Adam, and PI, there are many more innovations coming out of the sub continent worth mentioning.

In part 1 of the report card I highlighted most of the advancements that I reported in this blog. In part 2 we will look at the other part. The focus here is the government and how they have been instrumental in the introduction of new technology in the Indian Industry. When the government wakes, the country will be much stronger, but alas the government is waking like a guy with hangover not knowing what to do, without direction and focus. But what is heartening to see is that there is a change and the government is responding.

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India Report Card for Technology 2010

First things first, A very Happy Independence Day to all the Indians, and to our neighbors Pakistan as well. It’s the Independence Day today, and really all the focus seems to be in all the wrong areas, like every year, the media is picking up the bad in the country to highlight on this day. From Terrorism, corruption, Maoists, Bandhs, CWG Vs Food, Bollywood, IPL Scandals, Babus, all the flaws of India are being highlighted. I am sure as a child, if you were to point out his/her faults on his/her birthday, I am sure the child would not be really happy, and would be damaged for life. Then why is it that we are doing it to our country  ?? Anyway, for this Independence Day, like the Republic Day in January, I would like to prepare a report card for the technology sector in the country. Of course it is the most shining one and the one sector where it does look India is shining and moving ahead.

First of all If you did not manage to read the report card during the Republic Day, here are the links :

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After Sharjah Blackouts, are Dubai and Abu Dhabi far behind ?

It is one of the biggest issues worldwide, electricity shortage. There are parts of India that have had these issues for a very long time. I remember Mangalore used to be without electricity for close to 8 – 10 hours a day. However, I have never really faced it here in Dubai, there was never a day without electricity. Oh wait there was this blackout in Jul 2005, I remember but for a few hours, caused a whole load of chaos. But otherwise there has not really been an issue with electricity.

Off late, Sharjah, the neighboring emirate to Dubai has had major issues with the blackouts, there have been major complaints from the residents that this blackout during the summer time is really bad. With the financial situation in the region and the country in general being difficult how is this going to effect Dubai and Abu Dhabi; the two biggest emirates with Sharjah. Dubai in general seems to be the place with the biggest issues out of the two.

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India Innovation – Rice Husk powered Electricity

I am back praising the country for Innovation, this time its one of my favourite future fields, Alternative sources of Power Generation. A Start up from Bihar has come up with s solution for generating power from Rice Husk. Like they say Necessity is the mother of all invention, and availability is the father. This start Up has taken the problem of Indian farmers i.e no electricity and decided to solve it with the locally available source, Rice Husk.

An Indian company called Husk Power Systems is bringing electricity to some of the most rural parts of India by using rice husks as fuel. Rice husk is a by-product of the rice growing process and is generally dumped into landfills, but by using it to build miniature, off-grid power stations, they generate electricity for around 500 households for 8 to 10 hours a day per each power plant that requires just 3 employees to operate and maintain. The company has set up 25 of these eco-friendly plants till now that serve around 50,000 villagers. Husk Power Systems has received numerous accolades for their miniature power plants including a nomination at the finals of BBC’s World Challenge prize.

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