Posts Tagged ‘ Cell Phone ’

Curved Cell Phone Screen


The US patent, No. 8,603,574, is for a manufacturing process that would enable a screen to remain responsive to touch despite the effects of curving or shaping. Although Samsung has been the only one so far to create a live demonstration, Apple is the one that actually owns the technology. As part of the initial filing made in 2010, Apple specifically provides examples of its use in displays, touch pads and even mice. It also explains that current methods for curving a display result in a less sensitive and responsive screen; the process creates ‘dead’ areas. Apple’s approach uses a film that is applied to a screen or surface before it is shaped, which would ensure that its whole surface remains touch-sensitive once curved. The filing also gives examples of more complex shapes, like waves as well as simple curves, that would be possible thanks to the process that Apple is patenting. Whether or not the patent is a signal of Apple’s future intent remains to be seen but there is little doubt that curved and flexible displays are set to play a huge role in the future of mobile device design. Samsung and LG, two of Apple’s biggest competitors in the smartphone and tablet space, have already launched smartphones with curved, flexible displays as showcases for their own display capabilities.

Rihanna Nude.

Rihanna isn’t known for covering up, so it’s no surprise that she dared to bare it all in new behind-the-scenes photos from a shoot for her upcoming fragrance, which is appropriately titled Nude.  The singer’s pal Melissa Forde posted the sexy pics on Instagram with the caption, “#Nude Behind the scenes for new fragrance photo shoot.” In the photos, Rihanna poses topless, donning a blond wig for several seductive photos.  Nude will be Rihanna’s third fragrance. She released Reb’l Fleur in spring 2011 and Rebelle in December.

Social Lights.

Social media is obviously here to stay.  With the advent of things like Facebook and Twitter, and cell phones that support those services, you’ll always have people around is with phones to their faces.  One photographer decided to take that concept and run with it in his photo-series ‘Social Lights’.

Cell Footage Of Drake’s 25th Birthday.

Everyone has a specific plan for their birthday, some people party, some people take it easy, and the great entertainers of the world do things like take over Tao in Las Vegas.  I got a hold of some cell phone footage from the big event, it seemed like quite the night.

‘Mother Of Pearl’. The Dior Touch Phone.

While there are iPhones and Blackberries encrusted in gold, platinum and diamonds Dior has decided this is exactly where they should enter the market with a new phone.  The Dior Touch Phone runs on Android and it’s made from the finest materials, such as: sapphire crystal, steel, gold, diamond and mother-of-pearl.  (I can already see my cousin Z running around with one of theses.)

Only 99 pieces of the Dior Touch Phone have been made, and as far as the specs; there is a 32″ screen with 854 x 480 pixels resolution, a 5MP camera, microSD card slot, and full connectivity suite on board.  But I’m sure most people would get it simply because of those four little letters on it.

The Deconstrucable Cell Phone.

The attention-grabbing concept phone has two elements: dynamic and microphone.  So, either design can be a mini cell phone sized 22mm X 44mm X 6mm or a tablet with a maximum size of 1.5m X 2m. The tablet is capable of responding to wireless communications like Wi-Fi. Mobikom’s key elements have programmed buttons while others have been devoid of them. Each element has its own power supply and computing processor. A user can feed individual parts with a SIM card and store all necessary details in the phone memory. There are apertures on the lateral surfaces in the middle of the fixing tapes, which can be used to craft new forms.  A special adapter is required, which will fuel the touch screen with necessary kinetic and thermal energy for successful operation. The productivity and working of Mobikom increases when more elements are connected to the device. So, enjoy the benefits of a mini cell phone and a full sized tablet with Mobikom.

Your Celly, At A Glance.

I’ve always been a person who could roll into a business meeting in sweat pants and not give a sh*t, but many of my friends love them some snug jeans (especially girls).  The only problem is that is that some of them have some rather big phones, and squeezing it out of a pocket just to check texts or the time can be quite a procedure. The slim, minimal Glance phone by designer Alan Farías is tight-jean friendly and features a genius little screen on its bottom side in addition to the larger main screen, so even when your phone is in your pocket you can take a discreet glance down to check the battery, see who’s blowing up your email, texts, twitter, or even to casually check the time.  Check the method below.

Gulp: The Movie – Via Nokia.

Less than a year after making the world’s smallest animation, Nokia just ticked off that large, lurking item on the to-do list: conjuring the world’s largest stop motion animation.  The new film, Gulp, tells the simple story of a fisherman who gets swallowed by a larger predator. It was shot entirely with the Nokia N8 phone. “Strapping the device to a 40-meter high cherry picker on a massive expanse of beach with gale force winds seemed like a good challenge for the smartphone,” says David Bruno, a creative at Wieden + Kennedy London which created the spot along with directing team Sumo Science, from animation studio Aardman, and sand artist Jamie Wardley, from sand and ice sculpture specialists, Sand in Your Eye.

Sumo Science, aka Ed Patterson and Will Studd, director of photography Toby Howell and Wardley, literally fought time and tides over the five-day shoot to complete the painstaking animation process before the sea wiped out their efforts. The team used stencils, modded rakes, and a crew of sand artists and volunteer animation students to create the sand shapes and characters that brought the narrative to life.  The action was captured by three Nokia N8s suspended from a crane, with each frame representing a single shot from the phone cam.

This spot is part of an ongoing campaign using unique, often technically challenging videos to showcase the capabilities of Nokia handsets. And while you probably won’t be snapping photos of your family with a cherry picker anytime soon, it’s not a bad way to tout the 12-megapixel camera and “Carl Zeiss 4-element Tessar optics” in the N8. The largest scene in Gulp occupied 11,000 square feet of Pendine Beach in South Wales.  The agency says the film earned a Guinness nod for “world’s largest stop motion animation set.”  Last September, W+K London earned buzz for the smallest ever stop motion animation, Dot, also filmed with an N8 equipped with Cellscope, a microscope imaging device.  Watch the Making of Gulp below.

The Grand 350 Aston Martin Cell Phone.

After the Mobiado concept phone for Aston Martin, the Canadian luxe phone-maker is finally out with the first phone off the Aston Martin collection.  The Grand 350 Aston Martin body is CNC machined from aircraft specification aluminum, and anodized to produce an elegant hard surface. The frame is then inlayed with sapphire crystal.  The infrared window is made from a solid piece of ruby crystal. The screws are stainless steel or gun metal black stainless steel.  The buttons of the Grand 350 Aston Martin are a dramatic combination of sapphire crystal and stainless steel.  The phone is available in three designer styles; black, black satin, and silver.  The Grand 350 Aston Martin is unlocked, with quad-band GSM/EGSM, 3.5G, HSPDA, and WLAN connectivity.  The phone works within North America, Europe, Africa, Asia- Pacific, and South America where GSM/EGSM 850/900/1800/1900 networks are available.  It is equipped with a 3.2 megapixel camera and video camera, integrated GPS, 2.36″ display with up to 16 million colors, Bluetooth and micro USB connectivity, as well as a music and video player with a 2.5mm AV connector.

Mr. Slow Photo.

It’s easier than ever to produce professional looking photographs. Some mobile phones can produce stunning results but ask any professional photographer and they’d say people are diving into the prosumer market without understanding key fundamentals like framing and composition. The SLOW concept turns your mobile phone into a camera that gives you control over three built-in lenses; fixed, macro and fisheye. Frame your composition and push the shutter.

This is how it works:

  • To operate, slide the front face open and insert your mobile phone.
  • Turn the lens to select which lens effect you want.
  • The Slow Photography camera has three lenses; fixed focal length, macro and fisheye. Carefully compose your shot by looking through the viewfinder and push the shutter release to capture your shot.

The Gresso iPhone 4.

Luxury mobile phone manufacturer Gresso, unveiled its new exclusive project, the iPhone4 Time, “designed specifically for people living in the rhythm of world time”.  The iPhone4 Time Machine houses six independent mechanical Swiss watches behind the smartphone’s case protected by a mineral glass with diamond coating.  The 6 clocks display time zones of the world’s business hubs: Tokyo, Moscow, Paris, London, New York and Hong Kong.  Amazingly, Gresso claim that the iPhone 4 Time Machine is only 1mm thicker than a vanilla iPhone 4 (which measures 9.3mm).  The Gresso iPhone 4 Time Machine is coming out “in 2011” and it will set you back $6,000.

The Vertu Constellation Quest.

Vertu, the leading manufacturer of luxury mobile phones has launched a carbon fibre edition of its Constellation Quest handset.  Engineered using high performance materials combined with luxury finishes, Constellation Quest Carbon Fibre takes its inspiration from the world of motorsport and aeronautical design.  Constellation Quest Carbon Fiber features a matte black PVD body with detailing in polished stainless steel or polished 18 carat gold.  Surrounding the pillow, the polished stainless steel or gold detailing features a new step-design, unique to this product, giving a more geometric styling to this component.  The navigation key is finished in polished black PVD, as are the turn key, flash and lens surrounds, forming the essential design DNA of Constellation.  “Constellation Quest Carbon Fibre is Vertu’s first product to combine its smartphone technology with this most contemporary of design materials,“ said Perry Oosting, Vertu President.  “The result is a product that gives those customers who prefer the sporting aesthetic the opportunity to have a qwerty device incorporating the latest business tools.”  This luxury smarthphone is available from this month, and the price is €7,700 for the stainless steel model and €12,000 for the 18-karat gold model.

The Celsius X VI II LeDix.

So, what does a $300,000 cell phone look like? Made from polished and brushed grade 5 titanium, the Celsius X VI II LeDix features a flying tourbillion equipped with exclusive shock-absorbers, and a modern transparent design. There are around 600 mechanical parts in the phone, including 330 that deal with the watch movement alone.  One of the main features of the phone is the Remontage Papillon. Housed inside a hinge, the Butterfly Winding is activated with each opening, thereby adding three hours of power reserve to the total 100 hours.  Suppose you’re mega-rich and can afford one of the 18 limited editions. Is the Celsius X VI II LeDix worth its hefty price tag? It caught my eye because of its pretty aesthetic, but without many spectacular features, it’s probably best to just hang on to your BlackBerry or iPhone.

Aston Martin x Mobiado Cell Phone.

Aston Martins and luxury phones are two of my favorite pointless obsessions in life.  The British luxury car brand Aston Martin and the luxury mobile phone manufacturer Mobiado are collaborating to produce a collection of luxury mobile handsets…  Enough said.  The merging of two of my favorite ridiculous obsessions will keep a smile on my face for the rest of the year.  Synergy between the two brands provides an ideal opportunity for Aston Martin to enter into the electronics sector, with an exclusive range planned to launch in May 2011 through a range of premium outlets.  Peter Bonac, President of Bonac Innovation Corp. said, “Like Aston Martin, Mobiado prides itself on design innovation and technological excellence.  We look forward to a long and prosperous working relationship, and are thrilled to be working with the prestigious Aston Martin brand.”

TAG Heuer\Gulf Cell Phone.

The TAG Heuer Gulf Meridiist is the brand’s latest luxury cell phone that is inspired by Michael Delaney, Steve McQueen’s character in the 1971 film “Le Mans”.  His character, Michael Delaney, drove for the Gulf team; he got behind the wheel of a speed machine that featured the iconic Gulf light blue and orange racing livery.  He also wore the original Heuer Monaco Chronograph on his wrist, and thus the legend was born.  The TAG Heuer’s Gulf Meridiist a limited edition mobile handset series of only 400 pieces, which has been splashed with Gulf’s famous corporate racing colours.

It features a soft touch black body finish, applied by a high”technology PVD surface treatment that is nearly impossible to scratch.  The rear battery cover is black rubber, lined with two stripes each in the signature Gulf colours of orange and light blue.  The classic Gulf logo is above the rear camera shutter, while the TAG Heuer logo, in signature orange, marks the bar below the front crystal sapphire screen as well as on the chiselled side keys.

Aesir Copenhagen x Yves Béhar Phone.

In collaboration with designer Yves Béhar, Copenhagen-based Aesir is releasing a headset design with both visual appeal and functional tactility.  “In an age when the industry seems to think that phones aren’t for speaking anymore, I wanted to focus on the idea of voice, clarity and simplicity.  The central tenet behind the +YvesBéhar is to literally craft the visual details, craft the functional tactility, and craft the user interface.  The +YvesBéhar champions the idea of craftsmanship in an age that’s obsessed with more and making last year’s products obsolete. Instead we propose better and long-lasting as our starting criteria.”  Two designs of the +YvesBéhar will be available: One in 18k gold (€42,000) and another in 316L stainless steel (€7,250).  Both will also feature wraparound ceramic uppers and a sapphire crystal lens. The phone will first be available in Europe this summer and the rest of the world this Fall.  Holla at me if you want one of these too Ms. Novikov.

Vertu Ascent Ferrari GT

The British cell phone manufacturer Vertu has once again partnered with Ferrari to release the Ascent Ferrari GT handset.  Inspired by the equally high-end Italian cars, the Vertu Ascent Ferrari GT has a body made made forged titanium with a matte black PVD finish.  The black and red hand-sewn leather ornaments use the exact same leather as the Ferrari interiors.  The list of design highlights continues with a ceramic battery cover and a side inspired by the famous Ferrari engine grill.  The handset comes with a rather small 2-inch QVGA display with 16 million colors, which is protected by sapphire crystal glass.  It boasts a 5-megapixel camera with integrated LED flash and video recording capabilities, as well as high-performance dual hands-free loudspeaker.  Vertu will only create two thousand and eleven phones Ascent Ferrari GT units, but has so far not revealed their prices.

A ‘Turning Point’ For Cell Phones.

I love covering concept phones that may not have substance to them (tech-backing), but nevertheless they’re fun to find info about. Featured here is a concept Sony Ericsson FH Mobile Phone that has a pivotal point to it. It flips vertical on a pivot to mimic a phone and rotates sideways to become a viewing screen for the media functions and web browsing. The phone even becomes an intercom of sorts when split into two, allowing easy communication between the two parties holding each end (a high-tech walkie-talkie)  Having this phone in public would be like rolling up to the movies while driving The Tumbler.  Super diesel.

LG’s Next Future Phone Concept.

I used to have a few LG phones back in the day, and in my personal opinion, LG needs to stop making iPhone “killers” and start making crazy designs like the cell phone that turns into headphones. At least it’s something innovative. The Hi-Fi, headphone turning cell phone was one of the winners among LG’s Design the Future competition.  If this ever ends up becoming a real product, it may turn some heads. Of course there are going to be a lot of questions regarding the design and functionability of the phone but the future looks bright for LG. They just need to stop trying to compete with Apple and just design their own cool phones and gadgets that work.