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These are able to connect to the web bringing a new array of functions and possibilities. We are substituting our cell phones for PDA (personal digital assistant) devices. This is the way in which different functions become available in one device. The form of this PDA responds to the way in which we normally hold a phone and a camera. This has shifted the way in which we design products, now, more frequently, the shape of the object doesn’t respond to its function, becoming a black-box, that enables the interaction through its on-screen interface. This example demonstrates an alternative to the black-box that enriches the semiotic communication of the object. The form has a slight shift in its line that allows for a semiotic recognition of a phone, allowing us to hold it as a phone or as a camera.
The Macro Cell Lens Band is a simple close-up photography solution that has two definite pluses – it works on any camera equipped phone and it’s very inexpensive. The cameras on most smart phones tend to be rather simple affairs so it’s not surprising that savvy inventors have dreamed up numerous add-on attachments such as mini-microscopes and wide/telephoto adapters. Installation is quick and simple, take the band out of your wallet or off your wrist, wrap it around the phone with the lens positioned correctly and you’re away. The Lens Band is decidedly low-tech, just a thick rubber band with a thin plastic lens smack in the middle of it, but judging by the sample shots, it produces surprisingly good quality images. The Macro Cell Lens Band for US$15.
The concept behind the Sticker Phone is simple – instead of letting all the sunlight go to waste, use it instead to charge our phones. There seems to be an endless flow of sunlight coming in through windows – which seems to be perfectly balanced with the endless time we spend on our phones. Consisting of a solar panel on the back, the phone is literally stuck onto a window via suction, from which it absorbs light and heat, leaving you with a fully charged phone. With it’s powerful potential, this is an idea that’s gonna stick around for a while. In addition, its silicone composition allows it to be bent and twisted to be stuck on a variety of surfaces – anything from windshields to airplane windows.
The iCam is an imaginary device that attaches to an iPhone, which gives users the convenience of snapping shots on their on phone and the capability of a DLSR with interchangeable lenses. Italian designer Antonio DeRosa, whose iCam concept might change the way amateur photogs take, edit, and share pictures. Other iCam features would include a front touch screen and a projector to splash photos and videos across any surface you’d like.
Kyosemi spherical solar cells are specifically designed spherically in order to harvest energy with higher efficiency and flexibility as compared to flat solar solutions. The charging process is realized using the mini USB cable which is attached to Phoebus. It also has a thin film battery which users can customize to their liking. This allows Phoebus to have a friendly and flexible shape, which can be used as a pendant.
The iPhone Lens Dial offers the functionality for Apple‘s iconic smartphone. The dial is mounted on an aircraft-grade aluminum case, that slips over an iPhone. The iPhone Lens Dial features 0.7x wide angle, 0.33x fisheye and 1.5x telephoto lenses, all made from optical-quality coated glass. The phone’s camera lens lines up with a hole in that case, which each of the lenses sit over when they’re moved into place. The iPhone Lens Dial is aimed at serious use – at least, that’s what its US$249 price would seem to indicate. The case also has two threaded tripod-mount holes (one on the bottom and one on one side) for taking photos in portrait or landscape format.
The iM2 produces a stereo signal, via two condenser mics – each one can be independently swiveled 180 degrees. A USB input gives users the option of powering the phone/mic via a cable-attached computer, or using TASCAM’s optional power adapter. It plugs into the iDevice’s dock connector, taking its power from the device’s battery. Because the iM2 has its own preamp (instead of just relying on the iPhone’s), it can handle noise levels up to 125 decibels without distortion. Users can manually ride their audio input levels, via a side-mounted thumbwheel control. It also features an audio limiter, to keep from overmodulating when subjected to sudden loud sounds. The iM2 Stereo Microphone is available now, for US$79.
Unique landline phone concept of ‘Hello Tomorrow’ class would tempt me to use it more often. This iteration looks at reviving the grandeur of both the desk phone and turn on the old-style telephone. With features touchscreen functionality, intuitive and customization options home or office. That sweet smartphones and cell phones competitive prices get us to use it more than a desk phone.
MiLi has put the device under the surgeon’s knife and produced an updated model that has shed a few millimeters around the waist appropriately titled the MiLi Pro v2.0. Despite coming in at around the thickness of two iPhone 4′s, the new MiLi Pro v2.0 also sees the addition of a bigger battery that provides nearly 2.5 hours of viewing pleasure. Although it packs the same Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS) LED projector producing 10 lumens and 640 x 480 pixel resolution found in its predecessor, the fan has been ditched, resulting in a unit that the company claims is almost 50 percent slimmer than the original and “perfectly silent.”
This Nokia GEM, a device that prides itself with being a handset that was turned into an entire touchscreen. Nokia GEM was launched to celebrate 25 years of existence of the Nokia Research Centre and this device is all about the touchscreen it incorporates on its front, back and sides. Senior Design Manager Jarkko Saunamaki is the one who lead the team that created GEM and recently claimed that once you launch an app, for example the camera application, the entire phone will begin to look like a camera. The back is also interactive, so you can pinch to zoom from the rear, without cluttering the front screen. This function also comes in handy when using maps and probably games too, as proved by the Sony PS Vita.