We live for our cell phones. Don’t deny it, you’re probably talking on it right now, or expecting a call! And as such, the major market companies know it – so they do their best to develop the most intuitave and technologically packed units they can. Plus – it doesn’t hurt for them to look good as well 🙂
Here’s a few examples of current newly released, or concept phones I’ve seen lately that show the current trend of cell phones, and future perceptions of our favorite mobile buddies.
Here’s the Butterfly, a visually pleasing concept phone created by a 15 year old with a obviously well thought out and tech-packed design.
Modelabs presents three different future designs that offer a circular alphanumeric keypad, a forcefeedback thumbwheel and a tachyometer/heart rate meter.
Now I’m a sucker for protptype designs, which is why I absolutely love Nokia’s idea of a “scrollable touch screen” phone. The idea is use a scrollable screen that features touch screen technology. The design calls for one main button that controls all the primary functions; while other interactions takes place on the screen. The flexible e-paper technology isn’t as far away as we think. It’s called the “Nokia Open” and it’s the winning design of Nokia’s recent 4G concept cell design contest.
Another resource, Egy Studio, although not a manufacturer, has developed some quite interesting designs for their ideas on future cell phones. Check out the gallery in the link above!
All of these designs have one trend in common – showmanship. It’s all about presentation, and if it’s not cute, sexy, or just plain bizarre, it’ll be lost in the mass market like another pebble in the techno river. It’s going to be interesting to see if designs like these become the standard. We will just have to wait and see!