Technology is growing and evolving at a drastic rate. What is new today, is obsolete tomorrow. Lets be honest, we can never live without mobile phones. Its what we live and roam around with everyday to communicate all the time. As User Interaction becomes more and more demanding these days, the technology has to cope up.
Mobile phone business is one of the most rapid growing industries. Not so long ago, the popular and most awesome phone was Nokia 3310 with mere basic functions: call, text messaging and the only bearable game, snake. However, significant improvement has been made since then. Some phones have no buttons and are equipped with multi-touch screens, accelerometers, audio systems, video systems and hundreds of other media and productivity features. Perhaps the term ‘Smart Phones’ is a best way to describe them considering manner in which it is evolving. Today’s phone boasts in offering wide screen experience, surround sound, seamless integration, GPS, Video Conferencing etc.
But designers are bound to imagine what will the future look like. What we can expect from the next generation of handsets that will be available in the next 10 years? So, in this article I have showcased over 35 creative and futuristic cell phone concepts which will definitely amaze you and put your imaginative minds at work. Take a look.
1. MAGIC STONE
The revolutionary approach lies in the fact, that a customer can model absolutely any shape of the mobile phone’s case, with absolutely any color and different patterning and pictures on it through an internet page with the help of a simplified scheme.
Piccolo Concept 1 cell phone received its design inspiration by Motorola, bringing a sexy and sleek concept that will definitely appeal to females.
Origami, a Motorola concept cell phone, is made of thin segmented “technostuff.” It “can be folded into different forms to serve different functions: phone, recording device, camera, and, presumably, a pointy paper crane.
The designer, Mac Funamizu, drew on the Nokia Aeon to design a phone he would like to have, complete with Apple’s standard livery. Using a nondescript tactile feedback technology, its surface adapts to different purposes while the e-ink screen envelops the phone in graphics and information.
Designer Jakub Lekeš tries to push the limits of phone designing with his concept. This phone has many useful features. A sliding touch screen QWERTY keyboard is concealed under the display and there is a 4.3 megapixel autofocus camera with digital zoom support on the back. The most interesting feature is the side of the phone that shows the running track.
6. WRIST PHONE
The Wrist Phone is a simple, non pretentious phone and is a very basic device that is devoid of the fancy stuff. This makes its cheap to manufacture and market. Another point in its favor is the portability factor; you can simply wrap it around your wrist. Leaving the connectivity issues aside, the phone has the potential to make its mark.
Check out the Eclipse Intuit Phone by Eddie Goh. It’s got all the basic stuff we’ve come to expect from our mobiles; powerful 5 megapixel camera with built-in software for editing and uploading to a photo album, slide-out touch keyboard with tactile feedback, and a nice big touchscreen front and center. What makes this concept unique is parts of the phone are made from a chemically based thin solar skin to charge the battery when exposed to any kind of light. We’ve recently seen patents from companies like Apple detailing this exact thing. It would seem the technology is viable and Eddie Goh isn’t too far off.
The Sony Simplicity Concept is a mobile phone, just a phone, nothing else. It’s made for people that don’t need the modern functions like SMS, Organizer, Camera, E-Mail, surfing and so on, it’s made for people that just want to communicate via phone. Just like in the good old days.
by Andrew Zheng, the handset is a thin slider with a touch screen on board and a physical button keypad. The unusual shape of the LG Traveler phone was created for better grip and this aspect gets enhanced. Thanks to rubbers grips on the side.
10. SMART PHONE
Created by Marc Schomann, sleek design with rotating qwerty keypad and lcd.
The LG Flutter will have an opportunity to be featured in a future blockbuster movie. The device opens up like a fan, as you can see in the image above and has a flexible OLED touch screen display that scrolls radically.
The Kambala is a mobile phone that transforms to an earphone as well. Pop the center piece and the earpiece clip pings out; clip this to your ear and you got a phone-earphone! Multilayered Polymer which hosts all the electronic components is used in its construction. A continuous flexi-screen with plenty of sensors makeup the surface and it has the ability to transmit the image on the inside of the phone to the outside.
An intriguing concept from NEC Design, this Tag Soft-Shell Mobile Phone shows how cumbersome carrying a phone in your pocket can be. Made of rubbery "shape-memorizing" material, the tag will bend and twist at your command.
The “Window Phone” makes accurate predictions and even changes its display to reflect the climatic conditions outdoors.
Kyocera’s EOS folding concept phone incorporates a flexible OLED screen, changing its form factor from a clamshell into something more closely resembling a wallet or clutch-purse.
The concept behind the Sticker Phone is quite simple; most of us tend to place our mobile phone near windows for better signal reception. So this concept takes it a step further by adding a solar panel to the back of the phone and giving it a slight arch so that it can stick (via suction) to the window glass for some sunshine.
LG concept phone called Helix, a device that can also be used as a slap bracelet worn on the owner’s wrist. LG Helix comes with flexible circuits, a touch screen display and the concept device is made out of rubber and black stainless steel. You can attach the handset to the belt, through a magnetic charger and use the kinetic energy generated by the user to power up the cell phone.
18. Dial Phone
The trend in concept phones these days is turning retro, which is why we have the “Dial” reminisce the era of the round-dials on phones. The difference however lies in the present concept being touted as a fashion accessory that can be crafted in the metal of choice; giving you the luxury of being, chic, sporty, or uber-rich. A projected light beam in the inner circle impersonates the rotary dial, but to dial a number you need to simply touch it. Quite interesting.
19. Motorola Sparrow
Motorola has come up with a new concept of Motorola Sparrow. A concept conceived to provide retail stores with a mobile point of sale device. The Motorola Sparrow is an all-in-one device that combines a scanner, RFID, point of sale (POS) system, communication and credit card reading capabilities. Equipped with touch sensitive areas, the front and back of the Motorola Sparrow makes it easy to navigate and use.
Mexican designer Veronica Eugenia Rodriguez Ortiz created the Yuxa wearable cell phone concept. This is an eco-friendly phone featuring an OLED display and rechargeable battery, plus an innovative means of communication.
It’s got raised and lowered portions to create braille using what’s called Electric Active Plastic (EAP!) Several different modes can be activated: text, braille numbers, roman-character numbers, and off (all lowered.) It can send and receive phone calls and texts, displaying texts in braille in the space normally reserved for a screen on the average phone.
Designer Tao Ma has designed an inimitably different concept phone that has got the looks of a bracelet. The shiny gizmo vibrates when you receive a message and you can read the text by taking the bracelet off the wrist and pressing its precious looking keys.
Trou Hologram Mobile Phone relies totally on 3D holograms being projected in the vacant display area. Tiny projectors line the inner surface of the hollow and bring to life the many aspects of the technology. Imagine seeing 3D maps of a particular area or your girlfriend’s hologram when she calls!
Here’s a phone that’s intuitive, functional and sleek; people let’s scrutinize the Easter Moai. It wouldn’t be a futuristic phone, if it didn’t have a touchscreen LCD! For convenience, all the function keys are reserved to the slant edge, which I think is brilliant. The face has just the essentials slated to the corner edge, giving the much needed screen-space that most people demand these days.
A personal mobile communication device which lets you be free and fun. It is light, simple and carefree. You can change its form according to your needs during the day. You dont have to carry it in your pocket or on your wrist. You can carry it anywhere, in anyform. You can roll it, bend it, put on your clothes like a clip. It also makes some form changes that makes it more ergonomical: i.e. when you want to talk on the phone, the body form turns into the form of the good old telephone. You can personalize these forms and record them. So it fits you the best in the way that you have chosen. Also e-motions let you send forms to other 888 users: i.e. you can send a heart shape to your girlfriend or a dancing figure to your friends to call them to the party tonight. This way you can talk without words.
27. Blue Bee Phone
Another futuristic smart phone created by Kingyo. Blue Bee is a very interesting handset interface which is also appealing at the same time.
28. KRE8, a DJ Phone
Designer Jose Tomas DeLuna thinks that there is a market for the creative music junkies who like to mix their music on the go. As a result he has conceptualized KRE8, which is mobile phone but has plenty of musically enhanced features. It’s a device that bridges musical creativity and communication.
29. LG Burst
The LG Burst is a projector phone designed to enhance the mobility and functionality of the traditional touch screen phone. Using specialized software to distort and compress the touch space image display, Burst projects images onto any flat surface.
The Morph is a concept that demonstrates how future mobile devices might be stretchable and flexible, allowing the user to transform their mobile device into radically different shapes. It demonstrates the ultimate functionality that nanotechnology capable of delivering: flexible materials, transparent electronics and self-cleaning surfaces.
33. Connext Concept
Connext is an all-in-one, flexible smart device designed by James Zhang that can morph its form to fit the application that it assumes. Combining OLED touch-screen technology with E-paper flexibility, this device can switch to become a mobile phone, computer, multimedia player, watch, physical avatar etc.
The “Gigaset Eco Visions” “Leaf” and “Solar” are made of recyclable raw materials, such as eco-plastic and liquid wood. Sun-light is used as a natural energy source for handsets.
This HiFi concept headset gives us a whole new way of using a cell phone. It’s a peculiar touch screen phone which the headset can be wrapped around the head to enjoy music and attend to call even when you are moving around.
36. Ply Phone
Each section is tabbed to core functions like a dialpad, keyboard, gamepad, touchscreen, pico project, and printer! Will it ever see the light of day? Hard to say. Miniaturizing some of those proposed functions seems beyond what science and technology can achieve now but never underestimate kooky designers and crafty engineers.
This new DYA phone brings a whole new meaning to the world slider. DYA phone has an unique design that uses diagonal cut and become compact when not in use. But it is large enough for any other basic function you need
Creative designer Jeremy Innes-Hopkins has an interesting concept phone called the Nokia Kinetic. An electromagnet in the base of the phone allows weight to be shifted which causes the phone to stand up when receiving a call.
The concept of alternate arrangement is how designer Timo Wong arrived at the design of CELLS. The design mimics the contours of a typical fruit tray. The number keys are not separated by straight lines, boxes or circles but by alternating contours on one single surface.
The Philips Fluid Smartphone designed by Brazilian designer Dinard da Mata looks like one of those "Slap Wrap" slap bracelets kids used to wear in the 90s. Flexibility is one thing that makes it differ from conventional smart phones. Made of OLED, it can keep all the features of a smart phone available while adding the extra advantage of turning into a bracelet.
This phone has got everything a modern phone has. You’ve got the high contrast OLED display. You’ve got the really thin form factor. And then there’s the number key pad and soft keys sitting nearly flush with the surface. But what’s really interesting is the bulge protruding from its center-back, hiding a camera and flashlight. Lay it on a table and the screen stays angled just enough so legibility isn’t an issue. Put a Pokemon on either side and watch it seesaw.