Designed by Seunghan Song, this "window phone" concept will reflect current weather conditions on the screen. To input text, you just blow on the screen to switch modes, then write with your finger as a stylus.
Microsoft's Office team has released a video of what they think the future of computing will look like. Check it out:
The video, entitled "Productivity Future Vision (2011)," shows a world of augmented reality, seamless sharing between remote screens, and lots of white furniture. It was posted to the Microsoft Office Labs website and details "how we will create and share content; collaborate across teams, organizations and networks; and how we will gain contextually relevant and anticipative insights based on preferences and intent." Most teasingly, Microsft predicts that this is how we will interact in "5-10 years" (though one of these technologies will be out in one year:The Windows 8 Metro operating system, coming in 2012 and featured in some form on most of the devices shown. Check out the radical redesign of the forthcoming touch-friendly Windows 8 here).
Microsoft Office Labs shared a similar "productivity vision" of the future in 2009; aesthetically things look very much like the most recent prognostication, with lots of pico projections, seamless sharing, paper-thin screens, the ability to write on thin air, and, yes, white furniture.
Microsoft's vision of the future comes on the heels of Nokia's concept Kinetic Smartphone, a bendable plastic device that is garnering lots of buzz over in England; Microsoft also had a buzzy demo of its own with a video of a concept HoloDesk, an interactive 3D display from its Sensors and Devices Group, earlier this week.
Mac Funamizu's "Cobalto" has taken the cell phone concept way into the future, with an almost all-glass design. The phone would feature 3D imaging that could make Google Maps even more useful, as demonstrated here.
Anastasia Zharkova's organic "Leaf Phone" melds aesthetic creativity with functionality. The winding stem of the leaves could be wrapped around a user's arm, wrist, neck, or other body part.
Liu Hsiang-Ling's "Sticker Phone" has a solar panel on the back of the phone and a curved surface that will allow it to stick to a window via suction to charge. Plus, you won't lose your phone somewhere on your desk.
A pop-up phone! Ilshat Garipov's "Kambala" is a fascinating concept that features a center piece that can pop out to fit into your ear, making it an earphone. In theory, it will also have the ability to match your skin tone, rendering it almost invisible.
Emir Rifat's "Packet" phone won first place at the Istanbul Design Week 2007. The tiny phone starts off at 5 cm square, then folds out as needed for different functions.
Jung Dae Hoon's "Dial" concept takes the rotary phone of the 'good ol' days' and combines it with mobile technology and modern jewelry sensibilities.
Nokia's "Morph" phone uses nanotechnology to create a flexible body and transparent screen that can be molded to whatever shape is the most convenient for its user. The nanotech could even clean itself.
People tend to keep cell phones for only two years, and Je-Hyun Kim’s Natural Year Phone concept takes that into consideration. The phone is designed to naturally biodegrade after the two years are up.
At first glance, this entrant into Fujitsu's cell phone design contest looks like an ordinary paperweight. Actually, it's a cleverly disguised phone. As the picture shows, the small black dot can be transformed into a keypad, media panel or web browser depending on what corner of the plastic handset you drag it to.
Aleksander Mukomelov's "Mobile Script" phone starts with a stylish and sleek small screen, then reveals a larger touchscreen hidden within the phone's body to meet all of your media device needs.
Suhyun Kim's stylish "Visual Sound" voice-to-text concept phone for deaf people is a huge step from current systems like teletypewriters.
Forget solar power, electricity, or fuel: Daizi Zheng's concept phone is powered by Coca-Cola.
NTT DoCoMo's prototype "wearable terminal" brings us one step closer to being cyborgs. You stick your index finger in your ear to hear and speak through the microphone at the back of the wristband, then snap your fingers to connect or disconnect the call.
This pen phone is one of the thinnest and smallest phone designs yet. While it's designed to be connected mainly via a bluetooth headset, the top and bottom of the phone do include a receiver and earpiece
This Nokia concept is made of memory plastic that can be molded to fit around a wrist, for example, then can be heated to return to it's original shape.
A concept phone from Fujitsu's cellphone design contest.