Modern-day Gentleman's Tray

Modern-day Gentleman’s Tray

The design team at Hekseskudd re-envisions the classic gentleman’s tray as not just a convenient container for loose change and keys, but one that also caters to the modern user by providing a place to recharge and house electronics like the iPhone and Apple keyboard. 3 configurations of varying size, capacity, and functionality are available in a number of handsome wood finishes for a custom made feel that compliments the heritage of the classic product.

0 Designer: Hekseskudd

Love Letter to Alan Li

Love Letter to Alan Li

Dear Alan,

Apple will love you for your Gaming Pod concept and gamers like me who can’t live without the iPhone for this very reason, will worship you. I hope you can refine it enough to make it a CKIE project. It looks fit enough to protect the device and work in sync with it. I look forward to enhancing my racing-game experience using this sexy contraption. Loads of love, YD.

0 Designer: Alan Li

Not Your Average Mobile Phone

Not Your Average Mobile Phone

The ENSEMBLE explores new ideas about mobile phones. A metal skin protects a vegetal core. A spin unfolds to dispatch its “digital sap.” An organic and intimate relationship is established through this staging technology. The controls are voice command enabled and information is displayed through a micro screen. The phone is not an inert object placed on your cheek, but a succession of colored skins and sensitive materials that open to spread messages.

0 Designer: Jerome Olivet

Bento Box Kinda Like Voltron

Bento Box Kinda Like Voltron

Bento is quite an exceptional and forward thinking concept by René Woo-Ram Lee. It’s quite a plausible scenario that most of use/own a tablet, a PC, external hard drives and a smartphone. Now combine the power of these to have fully customizable Bento Laptop! The Box accommodates all the gear to work as one whole unit or individually; as you see fit.

0 Designer: René Woo-Ram Lee

Spin Recharging

Spin Recharging

A close cousin of the Mechanical Mobile, the revOlve cellphone loves to spin. A notch up as far as physical design goes, the main differentiating factor are the detachable components that can be upgraded and recycled when necessary. I love the sleek holster and the way you can buckle the phone to your waist loop. Let’s spin and wait for the magical mechanics to take over!

0 Designers: Da Deng, Chandra Baker, Chris Platt & Jason Schuler

Photography the SLOW Way

Photography the SLOW Way

It’s easier than ever to produce professional looking photographs. Some mobile phones can produce stunning results but ask any professional photographer and they’d say people are diving into the prosumer market without understanding key fundamentals like framing and composition. The SLOW concept turns your mobile phone into a camera that gives you control over three built-in lenses; fixed, macro and fisheye. Frame your composition and push the shutter.

0 Designer: David McCourt

A Phone That Speaks Your Language

A Phone That Speaks Your Language

The Transducer Mobile Phone Concept breaks down the language barrier by being the perfect translator between you and the other caller. It has this cool function that allows all incoming calls to be translated to your preferred language and vice versa. Amongst other features like GPS, transparent LCD and mesmerizing color effects, you can use the phone to communicate with the hearing & sight impaired folks. Far-fetch but a concept we’d love to see become reality.

0 Designer: Jasper Hou

Conceptual HTC New Eden is Beautiful

Conceptual HTC New Eden is Beautiful

The HTC New Eden 1 Concept is 1 of 2 designs to come out of the New Eden project, hosted by BriefMobile, that sets out to create the most appealing, feasible, hardware design for mobile devices. It aims to captivate with innovative and attractive hardware, as HTC did with the original Touch Diamond and other products that followed. The New Eden 1 is a device with a durable aluminum shell that combines traditional HTC design language with a fresher, more futuristic look.

0 Designer: Jason Wang

Simplified Smartphone

Simplified Smartphone

The Triple Flip is an attempt to make smartphones more useful than they already are. Claiming to be the first of its design  ever to feature Windows Phone 7 OS, the phone has much more to offer than just that. Solar recharging, flip-out & sliding keyboards and other refinements make this a cool concept. What’s left to be seen is its acceptance by the general public. Hit the jump for the video.

0 Designer: Dave Schultze for SchultzeWORKS designstudio

Modular Phone and Dualities

Modular Phone and Dualities

Combination is a mobile phone concept with a steady front-end faceplate and modular components for the backend. The modular parts ensure you have the latest upgraded components. It even comes with a charging dock that doubles up as transmission hub and transforms the mobile phone into a regular home phone! So now you get a two-in-one combo deal!

0 Designers: Wen-Tsung Lin & Wan-Rurng Hung

The Keypad Issue

The Keypad Issue

Ever since  using an iPhone, I haven’t really thought about how keypads can make a difference. When I saw the Elastic Phone Concept, it brought back memories of my Sony Ericsson and Nokia days! A time when the kind of keypad and display were the decisive factors for me. What the Elastic Phone is trying to do is give us best of both the worlds, an enigmatic OLED touchscreen display with the convenience of a flexible keypad. Opt for a full-view display with the keys shifted to one corner of the phone or rearrange them to suit game mode. What fun!

0 Designer: Sung-Ching Chang

Super Sexy Roll

Super Sexy Roll

Say hello to the Rollerphone concept! At first glance it’s merely a wrist band that projects time, much like the Alessi Concept we saw earlier, but then you realize it’s actually a phone with a retractable transparent screen at the base. How high-tech! It features perfect ergonomics and anthropometry in design thanks to customization – meaning the screen unfurls only to the tip of your fingers, so basically it give you a good fit between the ear and the mouth.

0 Designer: Alexey Chugunnikov

One Too Many Flips

One Too Many Flips

The 360 Compact Folding mobile phone has multiple touch screens hinged together to become a clamshell or a fully functioning tablet device. It’s an attempt at convergence between the compactness of a mobile phone with the utilitarian real estate offered by tablets. Any larger than this and it would be extremely awkward to hold up to your ears.

0 Designer: Baek Kil Hyun