Designer Sunman Kwon’s touchscreen phone is almost like any other. The thing that really sets it apart is the addition of a detachable Bluetooth headset.
Called the Mooon+, the phone essentially acts as a convenient carrying case for your headset. While attached to the phone, the headset’s battery is charged up.
When a call comes in, simply pop the headset off the phone, rotate the earphone into position, and chat away handsfree.
This is a great concept that would go well with many existing touchscreen phones today. Having an attached headset means never forgetting it but never having to remember about it as well. It’s simply always there, ready for a phone call at any time. This is one concept that we hope to see make it to the market. More pictures after the jump. Read more »
Tags: bluetooth, cell phone, headset, mooon+
Designer Hung Chih Wang has come up with what he thinks a portable printer should look like. His tiny device, called “Trak,” attaches to the back of a laptop screen to take up as little room as possible.
Trak is powered by USB, and comes complete with a detachable printer head for even more space savings when lugging the thing around.
Unfortunately, the concept has its downsides as well. You are probably already asking yourself if it’s even possible to fit a printer into such a small package, and we highly doubt it. The design also seems to be limited to laptops with the same width, although that could be easily fixed with some sort of extendable grips on the printer. The open nature of the design would probably lead to quick dirt and grime accumulation, causing poor-quality printouts.
Nevertheless, we applaud the designer for trying to tackle the problem of portable printers with such a stylish concept.
[Via yanko design]
Tags: laptop, portable, printer, trak, usb
Designer Nuno Teixeira shows us his vision of what an iMac should look like. That vision is a huge, curved screen called the iView.
The curvature of the monitor is suited better to the natural curvature of the human eye. There is also a smaller LCD screen on the back, supposedly useful for students and graphic designers. As if that wasn’t enough, there are also two webcams, front and back.
Seriously, this thing would never, ever be made, but looking at it still makes us happy. We still don’t see the point of a screen on the back though. Shouldn’t the huge one on the front be enough for everything? More images after the jump. Read more »
Tags: apple, imac, iview
Designers from Singapore have come up with a concept mouse that can use the heat generated by a laptop to power itself.
The DORmino mouse works by placing an oversize mousepad under a laptop which then collects the extra heat and turns it into electricity using silicon nanowires. The electricity is then sent to the mouse, resting on a different part of the pad, via an induction coil. This mousepad can be rolled up when not in use for easy transportation.
The mouse itself is an ordinary wireless mouse with the exception that it doesn’t ever need to be recharged. One of the more interesting features is a “touch screen scroller” which lets you scroll by moving your finger up and down a sensor on the mouse where an ordinary scroll wheel might be.
DORmino is pretty far-fetched, but is certainly feasible with today’s technology. However, it would probably be a bit expensive as all of this technology isn’t cheap. Either way, we love to see new eco-friendly innovations such as this. Diagram of how the DORmino works after the jump. Read more »
Tags: dormino, energy, green, mouse, nanowires, wireless charging
The Livre, designed by Nedzad Mujcinovic, a student at at Monash University, is vying with Amazon’s Kindle to become the next-generation e-book reader.
The design won a Dyson Student Award in 2007. Perhaps the most important feature that makes this gadget stand out is it’s simple, easy-to-use gesture input scheme. Instead of pressing buttons, you simply slide your finger from corner to corner to turn pages, somewhat like a real book. Sliding two fingers skips by 10 pages, and three fingers goes 50 pages ahead.
The touch surface overlays an e-paper (or e-ink) surface, which is standard for these sorts of e-book readers. What does set it apart is the leather stitched cover, making the device resemble a real book.
Livre seem set to bridge our gap between traditional books and their digital counterparts. A device like this could help us transition to e-books with ease due to its intuitive nature. We hope to see a real-life version of Livre in stores soon, so Nedzad better work on making this a reality. Another pic after the jump. Read more »
Tags: e-book, e-ink, e-paper, livre, multitouch, touch
Nokia has recently announced their Morph concept, a gadget which should (in about 100 years) replace everything you carry in your pocket today.
Featured in The Museum of Modern Art “Design and The Elastic Mind” exhibition, the Morph aims to be the only gadget you’ll ever need due to its adaptable nature. Made of flexible and transparent materials, Nokia imagines this gadget taking on just about any shape and size.
For example, it can start in the shape of a cell phone, but then unfold into a screen to view movies and other media on. This larger screen would incorporate input devices such as keyboards and touch pads as well to allow for communication. It could then be folded up into a bracelet that you wear on your wrist. As Nokia says, the Morph would “allow us to communicate and interact in unprecedented ways.”
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Tags: cell phone, iphone, morph, nanotech, nokia, screen, solar power, touch
With pico projectors coming soon, Sony Ericsson has picked a perfect time to file a patent describing self-adjusting mobile phone projectors.
The phone’s camera would analyze the picture coming from the projector and could adjust it for color, brightness, and focus. This would ensure the best possible image coming from your phone every single time.
This is a great idea, and it would work perfectly in cell phones considering that you can move them just about anywhere to project an image. We’re excited to see a system like this in action.
Tags: camera, cell phone, patent, pico projector, projector, sony ericsson
What do you get when you cross an iPhone with an iPod shuffle? An iStick, of course! Designer Alexei Mikhailov has dreamed up this gadget to show what he thinks that hybrid should look like.
The iStick is modeled after a tube of lipstick. However, all four sides have a touchscreen providing for a slick interface.
While the device isn’t for movie or photo viewing, it would be perfect for listening to music. It’s small, light, and has the same great interface as an iPhone. The iStick would also have Coverflow to let you scroll through album covers for an added effect. WiFi is also built in to browse iTunes.
The pictures also show some tiny wireless headphones. We’d really like to see some of those.
The concept is great, but it would be pretty hard to fit all that technology into a device as compact as the iStick. We’re also wondering what the gray end cap is for. Maybe you can twist it around as another way to interact with the gadget. Hopefully we’ll see a similar device from Apple sometime in the future. More pictures after the jump. Read more »
Tags: apple, iphone, ipod shuffle, istick, itunes, music, touchscreen, wifi