New Phone Concept from the guys who bought us FireFox

There have been very few things that made a stir on the internet like when the Mozilla Firefox vs IE battle was on, Being a big fan of the browser and the concept of crowd sourcing and crowd coding for the beauty of the browser called Firefox, the Mozilla Labs have started a unique open platform for ideas sharing which is providing designers from various fields a point where they can share concepts etc.

And what if they build a concept phone ? The world should take notice, and I think they are. There are a few interesting features of the Mozilla Concept phone that will make its way into blogs and discussions all over. Firstly, the phone is running Android ! Now if that is not cool enough, there are loads of hardware features that are well, waiting to jump into your next smart phone. This is what the Mozilla website has to say

In response to our open call Billy May, in early 2009, produced a throw-away concept for an“Open Web Concept Phone”. Working directly off of that community feedback, Billy has since finished the exploration with his concept “Seabird”.

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Concept Overview :

The Mozilla Seabird, part of the Mozilla Labs’ Concept Series, is an experiment in how users might interact with their mobile content as devices and technology advances. Drawing on insights culled from the Mozilla community through the project’s blog, a focus quickly developed around frustrating physical interactions. While mobile CPUs, connectivity and development platforms begin approaching that of desktops, the lagging ability to efficiently input information has grown ever more pronounced.

Interaction

The Seabird, then, introduces a few possibilities into how user interaction might evolve with the advancing motion capture and projector driven innovation in the market. First out, the Seabird imagines how a multiple use dongle might augment the crowded gestural interface with greater precision and direct manipulation of content in 3D space.

Pico Projector

With mobile phone companies such as Samsung, LG and Motorola moving towards display applications for projectors, the technology remains open for expanding user interaction and input at the same time. The Seabird, on just a flat surface, enables netbook-quality interaction by working with the projector’s angular distortion to deliver interface, rather than content. With the benefit of a dock, each projector works independently and delivers laptop levels of efficiency.

Design

The form development took its cues from various aerodynamic, avian and decidedly feminine forms. Its erect posture intends a sense of poise while its supine conformity to the hand reconciles that with the user’s desire for digital control. The curvature of the back also serves a functional role in elevating the projector lens elements when lying flat.

Finally a Concept Video

Even in 3D

Check out the Project Page  here : http://mozillalabs.com/conceptseries/2010/09/23/seabird/