It is probably the single most touched item in your daily arsenal. Our mobile phones are our lifelines and the closest thing to an adult security blanket we have. With all this daily interaction with a device, mobile phone makers are constantly looking for new ways of creating an even tighter emotional bond with your phone. One of the first things we think of (mostly subconsciously) when picking out a new mobile phone, is how it feels in your hands. You can make the most technically advanced gadget this planet has ever seen, but if it feels weird in your hands, your design will end up DOA. A perfect example of form over function is the Motorola RAZR, arguably the best selling mobile phone in history. It had one of the worst user interfaces ever created but felt damn good in your hands and that propelled it to its now legendary place in gadget history. Designers Hyun Jin Yoon and Eun Hak Lee have created a camera phone concept covered in thin wooden film. With the now requisite inclusion of touch sensitive buttons that light up just below the surface. This “Maple Phone” design measures 4.5 x 10.4 x 9.8 cm and slides open for more multi-media applications. With a soft, natural touch, this phone hope to bridge that coveted emotional bond.

Designer: Hyun Jin Yoon & Eun Hak Lee [ Via: Toys & Gadget ]