My BFF Phone

Here’s the ugly truth about hip new phones coming out every few months, they cause lust and shallow values. That’s right; every time the new iPhone is out, I want the new shimmy. I go ahead and replace my old trusty without a thought or passion! Hey wait a minute, isn’t this our life story too? Anyways, the point is, the least we can do is forge a deep emotional relationship with our gadgets, deep enough to hang on to them for quite some time and just for the sake of posterity keep upping their modular innards to keep them up to date! Something like this Modai Phone.

Don’t miss the cute animations in the comic story…just click the pic to see it all!

Designer: Julius Tarng

39 Comments

  • Sawant Shah says:

    That’s like wow!! Great concept dude. I would love to have a phone like this.

  • Teddy TR says:

    Perfect; great job. I love the color scheme, yellow is horribly underused. I’d wait in line for days to buy this.

  • Mirci says:

    nice concept ! I don’t like the yellow ..

  • Rawwhale says:

    Wow, this is the first project I’ve ever been really impressed by on Yanko.

    My only suggestion would be to change the typography, that curly font is sort of awful: too kitschy and feminine.

  • Julius Tarng says:

    Thanks for the feedback, Rawwhale! I’m glad someone thinks so.

    On the type: I think it may be a bit too much for some people, but I really wanted to go all out to provoke a friendly/cute/approachable feel to the interface. Obviously, there are probably more suitable fonts out there.

  • Julius Tarng says:

    Thanks, Mirci! I completely understand – color’s a very subjective thing, and it’s a love it or hate it reaction. If I were to expand this concept, it would definitely include color variations that all evoke the similar friendly feel. The color of the avatar would also change to reflect the color outside, as if they are one and the same.

  • shiverbrains says:

    I’ve tried some projects with muscle wire (flexinol) before with pretty disappointing results. At the time it could only bend up to 3%… now it’s up to 5% but I still don’t think it will have the strength or range of motion you are looking for here. I wouldn’t abandon the idea forever… but I would love to see this on the market in a few months even if that means scrapping the muscle wire features.

    Also, modular components can be considered “green” but not necessarily “sustainable” because the steel, plastic and fossil fuels needed to run the factory and shipping system don’t regrow themselves, once they run out the cycle stops. You need to keep producing new modules, shipping and recycling the old ones and that uses up finite resources. I know every designer on earth misuses this word but lets try to change that! Great idea though, just semantics.

  • Michel says:

    Thanks…your article…good job

  • BBoysteele says:

    My favorite part of this design is the avatar, it flows from the body of the phone and it creates a relation ship with the user through it’s “personality”. the modai also has an interesting user interface, and the screen is perfect because it offers the most it can for it’s size. also modai’s features are all that any user would need, but i also hope it runs apps. Great design, well done

  • r0mann says:

    Nice! I want one (if it will come into realization). I like best is the modular-terminal concept and the very intuitive UI/software.

    ** Oh and yeah, I also don’t like the yellow color too 😀

  • JJ says:

    I love this idea! My phone is always with me but the human interaction is missing. I especially love how you can interchange upgradable parts (camera, ect.) and reduce waste. Great idea! Please let us know if it ever becomes available for sale.

  • HotBirds says:

    I am in love. Oh my goodness.

  • Jimmy C says:

    This is AMAZING! It’s the best concept for a phone I have ever seen on this site. Keep up the good work!

  • Jeroen says:

    wauw i love this 🙂 now also put in an app store of some sort with games and other things to upgrade the phone with, and it would be an iphone-killer 🙂 i really like the backside, i dont know the material, but if it is some sort of rubber it would be great protection for your battery and memory 🙂
    did you make this as an serious project for a company or some thing, or for something else?

  • Wrap says:

    Peel wire and muscle stand .. that’s cool!!!

  • Alejandro says:

    I like

  • predni says:

    so it real????

  • Xitag says:

    omg !!! perfect

  • milena says:

    awesome thing but wheres the price for it;/

  • Hunter says:

    Picture 2: Whoa… that’s my name… but I’m a college junior, not a stupid freshman. And I look nothing like that guy.

    Overall, this avatar API looks childish. I’m reminded of Microsoft’s Clippy. Even if the object was to humanize technology, you’ve gone and made me feel like a toddler.

  • Felix Martin Jr. says:

    While the phone thing is cool. Where’d you’d really get rich is to form factor the 7″ and 10″ tablet. So the guy that builds his own desktop can build his own tablet.

  • Temburn says:

    This is a great idea! The ability to upgrade the phone instead of paying for new ones each upgrade is a very handy system. I like the color scheme for the screen and the muscle wire on the back is ingenious! My big issue is that it seems more like a PDA or a work-only smart phone than a smart phone I would use for everything the same way I use my current smartphone. Could it be connected to an app store? Is there an app drawer? Are those the only two home screens that could be displayed or is there more than what has been described here? How much customization will there be in the way of color scheme, widgets, and themes? You have a great idea here, it just needs to be fleshed out. Currently, it wouldn’t be a replacement for how smartphones are going now, but it can get to that point. I will definitely keep an eye on this and would be a buyer as it stands now though. Good luck!

  • Jay´s tips says:

    Now here´s the problem these days. Everyone wants an android phone. If you are willing to launche this phone you need to start thinking of applications. Because everybody needs an app for everything.
    btw That´s an amazing concept you have here!! Keep up the good work and creativity!

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