We all know there are some things money can't buy, a truth that becomes painful when it comes to some of the most sophisticated, design-conscious cell phones. We know the mind-blowing designs are out there; we just can't get our geeky fingers on them yet. If you are into a little torture, then you'll love dreaming of these hot handhelds that aren't on the market yet.
(Phones detailed clockwise from top left)
- NEC must have thought up the Tag phone while playing with Gumby. Made of a malleable rubber, the phone is soft and flexible, so it can be hung from a belt (yikes!) or wrapped around the user's arm. Shape-memorizing material and multiple pressure sensors allow the phone to change its shape according to the mode. The user can also alternate the mode by changing the shape.
- The Pivot Point, by Lunar Designs for Pantech, offers the cell phone equivalent of the backbend. Its swiveling screen can be set up like an easel for easy typing. It might be chunky in the hand, but it looks like an art piece on the table.
- When it's not busy making a RAZR update, Motorola comes up with ideas like the PVOT Phone, which was created to bridge the digital and wireless communication gap in developing countries. The PVOT is intended as a lower tier phone for developing countries. Designed to operate on rechargeable AA batteries. It is charged via hand crank.
- The Alloy Total Product Design Polygon Dual-Screen Cell Phone looks like the kissing-cousin of Nintendo's DS Lite. Apparently, the design team interviewed typical users and observed them carrying out a range of tasks with a current multimedia phone. The designers used these direct customer insights to generate creative ideas. The resulting concept Polygon has a familiar 'phone' size and form-factor, but open the flip and you will find two screens. The first screen is large and high resolution, optimized for watching television pictures. The traditional keypad is replaced by a second screen that is a tougher, lower resolution touch screen.
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