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The Future of Cell Phones

written by: Sandy Samra•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 5/24/2011

Cell phone technology continues to grow by leaps and bounds. What’s new today is outdated tomorrow. Nowadays, cell phones are loaded with features and they offer more aesthetic value than anything else. Everyday newer dimensions of user interaction are being tested. Here is the future.

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    Window Phone

    (Image via The translucent touchscreen device created by Seunghan Song shames the weather bureau. The Window Phone makes accurate weather predictions and changes its display to reflect its surrounding climate. The phone doesn’t have keys, just blow on the screen to switch the phone into dialling and handwriting mode. But remember, this phone is just a concept!

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    (Image via The transparent Cobalto mobile phone is designed by Mac Funamizu. It has the ability to project holographic 3D images. Made from deformable metal, it can either use the standard number buttons or the touchscreen feature. This outlandish mobile phone concept will be market ready in a few years.

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    Mobile Script

    (Image via Created by Aleksandr Mukomelov, the Mobile Script concept phone has two touchscreens. One of them is a flexible OLED display and the other one is a conventional screen. This revolutionary handset is covered with photo sensitive nano material that charges the device via sunlight.

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    Magic Stone

    Image via Concept phone ‘Magic Stone’ is another innovative design by Aleksandr Mulomelov. This new generation mobile phone has a touchscreen, constant internet access, holographic projection display and it gets charged via solar energy. The user can accomplish any shape, color, pattern and picture for the phone’s case.

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    Kambala Mobile Phone

    (Image via Iishat Garipov’s Kambala mobile phone is a captivating concept that transforms into an earphone. Kambala’s continuous flexi screen is fitted with lots of sensors which have the ability to transmit the image from the inside of the phone to the outside. It also has the ability to merge with your skin tone, rendering it almost invisible.

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    Nokia Morph

    (Image via Nokia’s Morph utilizes nanotechnology to stretch, roll up and clean itself. This flexible nanotech device can be stretched and twisted into bracelet shapes or tablet forms. Morph is an inspirational and artistic concept that demonstrates how future cell phones might look.

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    Visual Sound

    (Image via Suhyun Kim’s visual sound mobile phone is an innovative concept for the hearing impaired. Visual sound converts text input into voice stimulation and voice into text. It runs multiple applications and is a huge step taken by the cell phone designers for deaf people.

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    The Samsung Braille Phone

    (Image via Designed by Seonkeun Park, the Braille Phone is a concept for the blind by Samsung. The Braille Phone has a smooth design and its keyboard is specially designed for the blind using the Braille printing system. EAP (electric active plastic) is used to create Braille figures, texts and Braille numbers on the cell phone.

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    Nokia 888

    (Image via Nokia 888 is an ergonomic communication device that changes forms according to user requirements. It’s easy to use, light and carefree. Nokia 888 uses liquid battery, flexible touch screen, speech recognition and touch sensitive body cover. It can be rolled, bent and carried in the pocked as a clip.

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    Maple Phone – A wooden cell phone concept

    image via Maple Phone is a compact slider phone made from real wood. It’s as functional as a normal cell phone. Maple Phone offers basic cell phone functionalities such as texting, calling, a digital camera and MP3 player. This distinctive touch sensitive handset is designed by Hyun Jin Toon and Eun Hak Lee.

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    Bizarre Cell Phone Concepts

    Here are the candidates for the most bizarre cell phones around.

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    Coca Cola Powered Cell Phone

    (Image via Designer Daizi Zheng created Coca Cola powered cell phone for Nokia. This unusual concept mobile phone runs on Coca-Cola. The idea behind replacing the regular battery with a bio battery is to make the cell phone environmentally friendly. This bizarre concept brings a whole new perception to batteries and beverages.

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    The Natural Year Phone

    (Image via The Natural Year Phone is made of hay, except the screen and the keypad. This phone is the brain child of Je Hyun Kim, whose ideology behind creating such a phone was to use environmentally friendly biodegradable material. This bizarre grass phone completely biodegrades after two years.

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    Cyptrex Phone Concept

    (Image via Designed by Mac Schomann, this baton style phone has no name. It uses haptic technology to provide physical feedback, whenever a call is made. One has to twist the dial of every element to make calls and this process is quiet time consuming. The Cyptrex phone is very complex and tough to operate. Although it is an interesting concept, it can’t be used in emergencies.

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    Slide Puzzle

    (Image via The Sudokia Slide Puzzle phone requires the caller to solve the puzzle, every time, before using the keypad. The phone automatically reshuffles three minutes after the puzzle has been solved. This phone is definitely a candidate for the most weird and pointless phone of all time.

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    The Hand Phone

    (Image via The Hand Phone is a concept design and will hopefully remain so. This phone requires the user to strap a couple of wires on to the back of the hand and make calls using the natural hand gesture. Take a look at the image of the phone.

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    Cell phone concepts are not always revolutionary and feature packed. At times they are just the opposite. Possibly the designers misinterpreted when somebody requested them to design futuristic cell phones. But great designers come up with innovative ideas. If you think you have already seen the most futuristic and bizarre cell phones, think again. As long as imagination exists, we can’t ever predict what will come up next!