All For One With The Tenna

There are a lot of expectations from our gadgets these days, and somewhere down the line we have blurred their definition. For example a phone doubles up as a video camera, still camera, voice recorder, MP3 player, movie player, web browser, sketchpad and much more…. But this also doesn’t mean that we are done with individual devices. Tenna is a device that looks at adding the telephone function to individual gadgets like an MP3 player, thus doing a U-turn on how we perceive a phone.

Tenna is basically a screen-less phone that uses voice recognition-based UI. It provides only calling and texting functions when used on its own. The 1.5” device has a detachable ear piece for making calls and hooks up to any device via the USB mini port. So for advanced functions like scheduling, managing personal contacts, connecting internet, just plug it to any of your fav device that has a screen.

In a nutshell Tenna will transform any gadget with a screen into a mobile phone via a (proposed) built in software called ‘tennalink’.

Designer: Yuree S. Lim

Tenna Mobile Phone Concept by Yuree S. Lim

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23 Comments

  • That guy says:

    problem no 1: the device you want to use this with needs a mini usb standardized plug, which out of your graphic does not include: iPod, TV, kindle, DS, HD cam

    Problem no 2: for this to make sense the device you plug it into has to add value to the phone, otherwise you could just use it as a standalone pico phone with 30 min battery life so you will need a rich sdk for the device, but most devices such as cameras and hd cams do not allow for 3rd party software and others like psp and ds require high dev costs and the user needs to purchase the software for around 30€

    also why did you use an image of an iPod nano, if one would want to call with an iPod they would simply get an iPhone.

    However i like your idea to the extend that the design is rather nice and compact, especially the idea to convert my speech to a sms is very intriguing to me

  • Shahin says:

    yeah, great idea… but let me add 1 more thing… what would u do if u were transfering some data to ur comp, and somebody call u?… u have to unplug it and talk to ur friend, or put it on speaker… thats not a good idea. lets use some wireless…. i mean make the usb cover as a wireless usb that can transfer data between tenna and comp wirelessly, all u have to do is plug the usb cover to the comp then u can talk on the phone and transfer data… overall i say its a great idea.

  • Shahin says:

    i want to add one more option… lets have 2 earphone, so u can listen to music, u can put one earphone inthe end of the other one, or u can use a 3.5 mm audio jack on top of it…

  • Carter says:

    The idea of detaching the concept of a phone from the actual phone device is an interesting concept. This might have been around for half a year without really catching on, but you've got to wonder if the future is going to be filled with things like this. Futurists keep saying that computers will be embedded in everything around us. It's already half true. It'll be interesting to see what happens when devices start becoming more synchronized with one another.

  • Carter says:

    The idea of detaching the concept of a phone from the actual phone device is an interesting concept. This might have been around for half a year without really catching on, but you've got to wonder if the future is going to be filled with things like this. Futurists keep saying that computers will be embedded in everything around us. It's already half true. It'll be interesting to see what happens when devices start becoming more synchronized with one another.

  • This seems to be working backwards from where current technology is going. Current phones have tons of convenient features built in to help eliminate needless devices from our every day lives. This device, though it’s an interesting take on things, would make it so you have to carry enough technology to fit the functions you want. Sounds like the days before smartphones arrived…

  • regan says:

    what if the device simply plugged into headphones and then plugged into an auxillary device.. that way it would interup your music and tell you your are getting a phone call.. maybe have headphones with a little display to see contacts as well as a mic.. awesome theory.. amounts to change

  • regan1 says:

    what if the device simply plugged into headphones and then plugged into an auxillary device.. that way it would interup your music and tell you your are getting a phone call.. maybe have headphones with a little display to see contacts as well as a mic.. awesome theory.. amounts to change..

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