This Phone Hovers in Space

Oh so you’re not satisfied with phones that connect at speeds almost as fast as you can click and hundreds of new applications that do everything under the sun each day? Well here’s something new for you then! It’s a concept design done by two industrious folks In-oh Yoo and Sun-woong Oh who want nothing more than to bring you a phone that spins in mid-air. This phone works in tangent with its charging cradle, its cradle, the phone and magnets creating a space where the phone spins while charging, creating a unique aesthetic experience.

First, the phone itself has a sleek candybar design you should all be relatively familiar with. The iPhone and a slew of Android-based phones look right along these lines, and this looks fabulous. Hollow parts at the top and bottom of the phone “ensure that it is being charged wirelessly” though how that’s accomplished appears to be a trade secret. The phone is thin, streamlined, and made to fit naturally in the palm of your hand.

Once the phone is placed in its cradle, the magnets inside begin to do their work. Once charging begins, the magnetic stick is puled away from the column and the phone floats. As the phone begins to float, the screen of the phone turns to a pre-selected screen of the users choice, one of several scenes: water gradually rising or falling or blue sand in an hourglass, for example. As most cellphones are charged at night, a dim light is emitted from the back of the charge unit for a unique atmosphere (and a simple way for you to be able to find the phone if you’ve got to get to it in the dark.)

When a call comes in, things get REAL interesting. Magnets on the bottom of the cradle activate, forcing the phone to rotate. Text and icon activation on the screen of the phone appear three-dimensional “due to an after-image effect.” This situation also occurs upon receiving a text message or your alarm clock rings. The designers of this project aim for this effect to convey vibrancy which cannot be experienced with a static screen, and vitality through animated graphics on the screen as the phone rotates as well.

What a wild and wacky and fantastical concept!

Designers: In-oh Yoo and Sun-woong Oh for Metatrend Institute

36 Comments

  • Franck says:

    "When a call comes in, (…). Magnets on the bottom of the cradle activate, forcing the phone to rotate"

    I imagine it is not very practical to catch a phone in rotation to answer a call !!

  • Franck says:

    “When a call comes in, (…). Magnets on the bottom of the cradle activate, forcing the phone to rotate”

    I imagine it is not very practical to catch a phone in rotation to answer a call !!

  • Peter says:

    Spin while charging and stop when a call or message comes in would work better.

  • Peter says:

    Spin while charging and stop when a call or message comes in would work better.

  • $one says:

    interesting…:) any suggestions on catching the phone when rotating?

    • TJ Kim says:

      Shall we rotate as faste as the phone together when the phone is rotating ? : )
      sorry, It's a joke.

  • $one says:

    interesting…:) any suggestions on catching the phone when rotating?

    • TJ Kim says:

      Shall we rotate as faste as the phone together when the phone is rotating ? : )
      sorry, It's a joke.

  • Amy Liang says:

    Well it's not like the phone is gonna be spinning so fast that when you put a finger to it,
    you're finger will get sliced!
    And it's not like the phone is greased up with butter or something,
    just grab the phone.

  • Ellie says:

    The phone spins for the after image effect of screen and stops spinning when the sensor in craddle detects hand near by .

  • Ellie says:

    The phone spins for the after image effect of screen and stops spinning when the sensor in craddle detects hand near by .

  • Goodguy says:

    Yea smart cradle …in that way no problem then…the phone stops when I reach my hand to it…fun!

  • Goodguy says:

    Yea smart cradle …in that way no problem then…the phone stops when I reach my hand to it…fun!

  • Grits says:

    very interesting concept….i think it has a future

  • Grits says:

    very interesting concept….i think it has a future

  • Matt says:

    How can you get one???

  • Matt says:

    How can you get one???

  • david says:

    why not just make phone cases with this function? good idea, when can i buy one?

  • david says:

    why not just make phone cases with this function? good idea, when can i buy one?

  • High Octane says:

    Great idea, but lets not reinvent another phone! There's enough companies doing that now, Besides you limit the consumer base.
    Make a holder that will work on most modern phones Like the iPhone's. and the clones. Now you have a larger consumer base and can inexpensively make just the holder for future phones to work with the holder as well, thus a continuously sale-able product.

  • High Octane says:

    Great idea, but lets not reinvent another phone! There's enough companies doing that now, Besides you limit the consumer base.
    Make a holder that will work on most modern phones Like the iPhone's. and the clones. Now you have a larger consumer base and can inexpensively make just the holder for future phones to work with the holder as well, thus a continuously sale-able product.

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