The shape-shifting future of the mobile phone

When we think of mobile phones, we imagine a rectangular cellphone, made off glass or good looking plastic, just a device what you use for calling or gaming, social media etc.

TED speaker Fabian Hemmert took another point of view at mobile phones, and put anther dimension at our mobile phone experience.

What it is

A shape-shifting and weight-shifting handset that “displays” information nonvisually, offering a delightfully intuitive way to communicate. The smartphone of the future might lose its sleek, solid shell to become a shape-shifter, able to alter its appearance to signal an alert in situations where visual and audible cues won’t do.

How does it work?

– The first is mass. A weight shifting mobile can be practical for many different reasons. Navigation without looking at your phone and ‘feeling’ to turn right is a cool example presented.

– A second adjustment to the phone was it’s shape. A shape shifting phone can change its shape to an upright alarm clock or an indicator of a ‘thick’ ebook.
– The phone has a mechanical heartbeat and simulated shape shifting breath pattern. If your girlfriend calls, it breathes faster and you can ‘pet it behind the ears’ to slow down the breathing. This kind of empathy and organic feel could change the way we use smartphones.

Why it’s Cool

I think Hemmert has creative ideas about cell phones, they aren’t necessary or really useful in our lives, put they can put our userexperience to another level.

I think that the next generation of mobile phones should have a straight forward input system for users. Apple and Google seem to be trying to implement voice input technology in these couple of years. The question is, what will be the next step? The three fantastic ideas gave us some inspiration to imagine the future cell phone.


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