My BFF Phone

My BFF Phone

Here’s the ugly truth about hip new phones coming out every few months, they cause lust and shallow values. That’s right; every time the new iPhone is out, I want the new shimmy. I go ahead and replace my old trusty without a thought or passion! Hey wait a minute, isn’t this our life story too? Anyways, the point is, the least we can do is forge a deep emotional relationship with our gadgets, deep enough to hang on to them for quite some time and just for the sake of posterity keep upping their modular innards to keep them up to date! Something like this Modai Phone.

0 Designer: Julius Tarng

Smartphone is Super Flexi!

Smartphone is Super Flexi!

When it comes to concept design and exploring the possibilities of user experiences, we have seen some radical thinking come across like a lightning bolt. Fine examples are the Bento Box Laptop and the Napkin PC. This time around we are looking at a smartphone that serenades as a lampshade (charging cradle) when not in use. The design explores the usage of flexible LED screen to the hilt. Moreover the screen is a tad bit exaggerated to mimic a curvy tablet. So are we heading to an era of overstated phones that are understated tablets? Looks like we are!

0 Designer: Nari Lee

The Total User Experience

The Total User Experience

Designer Victor Johannson’s mobile phone concept focuses on ease of use by providing multiple input controls that the user can customize to their liking. Features like dual sided scrolling and volume control as well as side a back-side keyboard, clock, or place to dock apps are definitely bonuses. The coolest feature by far, however, is piezoelectric feedback technology that gives tactile signals in four different directions that makes it possible for the user to ‘feel’ the direction to travel.

0 Designer: Victor Johannson

5 Cool Concepts that YD Likes

5 Cool Concepts that YD Likes

In our quest to bring you the best in concept design, we often come across projects that are simply superb but due to lack of information or technicalities are put in the backburners for further research. Here is a collection of 5 Cool Devices and Gadgets that were in our resource pool but never got published. Enjoy!

0 Designers: Various

Future Gem is Here

Future Gem is Here

The best thing about the Nokia GEM Concept phone is that it is all based on existing technologies, in other words it’s a future phone that can be built on reality! For example, one of the emerging technologies used in this concept are bi-stable displays that do not consume power if the content is not changing. This means the phone has a seamless display that encompasses the phone all over. The video below explains how digital personalization and multitasking can be achieved by using all sides of the phone.

0 Designers: Various

Bluetooth Effortlessly

Bluetooth Effortlessly

If you use a Bluetooth headset you know that it can be a bit awkward putting it on and taking it off, especially when you’re struggling to answer a call in time. The Angle uses an ingenious sliding technique that allows users to transfer the headset from the phone’s case directly onto the ear in one easy gesture while simultaneously activating the call.

0 Designers: Various

The Low Cost Phone

The Low Cost Phone

When you come to think of it, it’s always the technology and materials used that shoot up the cost of a mobile phone. Compromising on technology is not so bright, hence designer Sudhanwa Chavan played around with the materials and construction of a cellphone. His version is the Extru, a device that avoids complex surfaces, has a simple operating interface and takes care of the delicate parts intelligently. A very simple and dynamic form.

0 Designer: Sudhanwa Chavan

Smartphone for User Efficiency

Smartphone for User Efficiency

Kunihiko Nakata’s Palette smartphone concept uses top and bottom “sub-displays” for quick and efficient multitasking. Hiding source tasks at the bottom of the wraparound screen means more room for browsing on the main screen’s display, and hiding network tasks at the top allows the user to send information simultaneously through multiple selected services like Twitter, Facebook, email, or text message.

0 Designer: Kunihiko Nakata

Get Real with the iPhone 4S

Get Real with the iPhone 4S

I love me a wild iPhone concept as much as the next fanboy, but few challenge the true, obvious setbacks of the current devices. Designer Enrico Penello’s iPhone 4S concept tackles some of the existing flaws of the 4th generation phone with some very simple solutions and a few extras. The fixes: a lightly textured plastic back case for better grip,  a removable battery for easy replacement, and a fixed lower cover for the WiFi antenna. The extras: iOs5, 8 megapixel camera, and a faster A5 processor.

0 Designer: Enrico Penello

Super Sexy Flx!

Super Sexy Flx!

The Flx borders on super sexy and exquisite! It’s the kind of phone that every technophile dreams of. Sleek looks, awesome user interface and even a detachable Bluetooth unit that pairs up with the main body, to serenade as a song player. The good thing is that it allows you to receive calls while in that mode. An interesting feature is that you can kick maneuver the Bluetooth unit in such a way that it acts like a support stand for the phone. Very helpful if you want to watch videos on it! I’m sold; so on my wishlist!

0 Designers: Wenhing Chu & Michael Toh

Samsung B&O Concept Phone

Samsung B&O Concept Phone

If you’re going to throw another smartphone into the saturated market, you had better come with something different and that’s why I like this concept Samsung B&O phone. Inspired by Bang & Olufsen , it’s a mix between the current Samsung Galaxy lineup with B&O’s traditional slant on masculine industrial engineering. I think the final form works. It’s thin and sleek, yet manages to slightly deviate from the “me too” crowd. LOVE the dock which transforms it into a banging B&O speaker. One can hope.

0 Designer: Antoine Brieux of NAK Studio

The Mother of Split!

The Mother of Split!

I thought my ultimate phone fantasy ended with Seunghan Song’s Window Phone Concept. I was wrong; Space 3 is my latest hitch. The device takes the idea of a transparent touchphone one step forward with its twin splitting transparent displays! Although the designers focus only on the navigational aspects, I think the interaction can be explored further to involve videos, photographs or even surfing the Internet! Totally rad!

0 Designers: Wenhing Chu & Kok Keong Wong

Curved Phones are More Pocket Friendly

Curved Phones are More Pocket Friendly

The AXIO Power, is a smart phone with a very unique warped design allowing it to slide in and out of a pocket with ease. The phone’s shape reduces the amount of pocket bulging because of its curved shape. Conversely, the shape also molds to the face better, cupping the cheek if you will.

0 Designer: Christos Ragias