Another Coat Of Wax On The Old Standby

There comes a time when a good product category just dies, think telegraph or typewriter, fantastic inventions eclipsed by time and progress. Case in point, the Eclipse phone from Brian Ho does a great job of making everything old look new again. But despite looking like it belongs in Minority Report, it functionally remains the same old, outdated, rapidly aging home phone. Can industrial design save products from nursing homes or is this a lost cause?

Designer: Brian Ho


  • Armin says:

    Nice design, though you’ll have to be careful when you put the the phone back onto it’s station.
    “Can industrial design save products from nursing homes …?”
    Definitely! Target high-end consumers with luxury items (think MontBlanc pen vs. Wacom tablet). This way outdated technology becomes a feature not a lack thereof.

  • powers says:

    I agree that *good* ID can save product categories, but in my opinion this is not entirely the problem. The reason these products are disappearing is because people can’t justify paying two phone bills. There are a couple companies that can cover both, but they charge the same as if two separate companies were providing the services. I understand that land and wireless are two separate technologies, but they are growing closer together every year. Someone should innovate and provide a land line and mobile service that are tied into the same system. This would provide consumers with all the benefits of a land line (faxing, better connection) but with the flexibility of wireless for a better price, and it would drive innovation in ID. The driving force behind the disappearance of home phones is less ID and more of a SP issue.

  • Eric says:

    Looks like a design B&O would do… Nice…

  • trimtab21 says:

    I don’t get it????

  • Henrique Staino says:

    well, i think if this could be used with VOIP softwares, it wouldn’t be “waxing the old”

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