The Ecoustik iPhone/iPad docks merge design, music, woodworking and tech into a single, sustainable, eco-friendly acoustic device that amplifies your tunes while keeping your phone propped up to charge. Made from salvaged or sustainably harvested hardwood, each CNC milled dock is unique with its own grain pattern and natural color variations. Available in a number of handsome wood types, it’s the perfect acoustic compliment to your iPhone 5, 4, 4S, or iPad! Get it here!
Designer: Portsmith Co.
The ‘Lean to my side’ is a conceptual smartphone based more on form. It takes inspiration from the need of people to lean on each other for support. The asymmetric form and curve is on purpose but brings home the use of latest tech possibilities. As a result you have a phone that can expand its display and yet take advantage of a compact form.
Designer: Seung Hyun Lee
The DeckSpace Phone is more of a prototyping experiment focused on designing a phone with a new user experience. I love the iconic way it deals with the numerous apps and the makes them approachable yet distinct from the standard iOS style. Like the designer puts it, “DeckSpace offers a new method for organizing apps on an operating system.” I guess I agree.
Designer: Aaron Kettl
The AL13 iPhone bumper has a sleek, minimalist design that won’t change the look of your precious! It even has chamfered edges and an anodized finished to match. Composed of lightweight aerospace aluminum, the design is lighter than most but just as durable and protective with a rubber internal lining that absorbs shock and prevents scratches during installation.
The Nokia Note is a concept phone that integrates a music player within its body. Just like a mamma roo and her joey, the Windows Phone 8 phablet sports cool specs like measuring 5.5 inches diagonal and a 1280 x 768 pixel resolution with 1080p. An integrated stylus and the detachable Nokia music player on the back, give it the added edge. Looks like there are still some Nokia fans out there who want to give the device another chance.
Designer: Mohammad Mahdi Azimi
Imagine using a smartphone that sports a bare minimum design and yet is functional enough to pass off as the latest high-tech device. The Sustainable Smartphone is just that; it uses fewer materials and its lifespan exceeds that of existing smart phones. It is a basic communication device and caters to the needs of those who are prone to the elements, have special needs, and impoverished people.
Designers: Michael Mattana, James Paulius & Sayer Murphy
It’s sexy, sleek and totally incognito with your credit cards. Wally isn’t yet another wallet case, but rather a handcrafted leather pocket that grabs onto the back of your iPhone to secretly and securely hold what you need to have close at hand. Instead of a bulky case or a wallet with a pocket for your iPhone, Wally clings to the back of your iPhone utilizing micro-suction instead of a glue or magnets, Wally has a grip like a gentleman: strong and secure, without leaving behind any tackiness.
In a world full of rigid, ultra-thin cases, the iPooding case stands out as a squishy, playful alternative for those in touch with their softer side. For enhanced ergonomics and shock absorbance, the clear urethane case is filled with harmless liquid paraffin. For a little flair, each colorful case is filled with floating dots that whirl around like a snow-globe. Ain’t it cute?!
Transitioning from a BlackBerry to an iPhone or any other touchscreen phone has you craving for the soothing comfort of the bubbled keypad. I had a hard time getting used to the silky feel of a virtual pad but now that I am accustomed to it, an alternative like the Bubble Phone concept has a great appeal. Imagine getting best of both the worlds; touchscreen on one side and raised keypad for the addicts. Good going!
Designer: Seunggi Baek
This lovable iPhone 5 case’s iconic shape mimics the silhouette of a whale coming to the water’s surface to breath! While it’s uber-cute, it’s also highly functional. The tactile, curved back provides stability and comfort in the user’s hand, and the tail allows it to grip to a number of surfaces like handlebars, screens, or rear-view mirrors. Another adorable detail, the “blowhole,” is actually a 3.5mm port for headphones!
Designer: Seyook Lee
The Beethoven Phone is for the hearing challenged folks who find it difficult to communicate with others through sign language. Not everyone knows sign language and to remove this barrier when the hearing challenged person types in his message, it gets relayed to the other person through the transparent screen as well as a voice message. What makes the device stand apart is the capability to turn back voices into text. So imagine the challenged person enjoying a movie using this device! Very cool!
Designers: Jong Soo Kim
I wouldn’t like to call it the love child of Nokia and Microsoft but the Nokia Lumia Play Concept Gaming Smartphone has that kinda vibe where I don’t know if this baby is a happy one or not. With features that aid gaming, the extremely powerful hardware is capable of delivering stunning graphics. To solve the issue of ergonomics while playing a variety of games, the Nokia Lumia PLAY features two pads located on the back of the phone that you can use as gamepads.
Designer: Antônio Lucas Celestino da Silva