Among the umpteen innovative ideas put forth by industry geniuses, not every device concept makes it to the market. Some of these concepts could be just too good to be true and implementing them would be improbable. While at the same time, it is dicey whether the few doable ones would be accepted by the mainstream market and people would be willing to spend their crisp green over these devices. Among the numerous interesting, fantasy concepts, we have picked 10 cool device concepts.
Fold it into several devices (Image Credit: Designboom)
Imagine a PC that can be transformed into a tablet, workstation, portable media player and gaming device and can be folded like an envelope measuring 23 x 10 cms. Sounds unimaginable yet exciting. Well, a designer named Dulyawat Wongnawa from Thailand has build such a concept and calls it the Lifebook Volumi. This concept device has several PCs integrated into one single device consisting of four ultra slim touchscreen units. The four touchscreen units are linked together with 360 degrees pivot hinge. The user just has to fold the four units as per his preference of usage. The image above shows the modes of usage of the device which is just the size of an envelope.
Appleized desk (Image Credit: MacLife)
A completely Appleized desk – a device concept shown by MacLife that seems just larger than life. With most of the time spend behind desks, this device concept has just about everything that could make your digital life, or rather life, simpler. Though the illustration is just an imaginative idea, Apple loyalists would drool over if it materialises into reality. Picking a leaf from Microsoft’s Surface, the iDesk is a complete interactive, touch-sensitive surface that serves as a display running several simultaneous apps. Imagine your physical calendar and post-it notes being replaced by their digital counterparts. The desk could essentially sync with the Mac or just be built into it. Physical keyboards would be replaced with digital ones; a small section can be carved as the touch trackpad. All files could be swapped between your iDevices just by swiping these icons and transferring them using the desk and, of course, other iDesks.
Dedicated to blue (Image Source)
Now, if you are a complete Facebook fiend, then here is a phone concept that seems just cool. It may look like an impractical design for the mainstream and something probably that could never hit the markets, but all this just couldn’t keep this "beaming with blue" phone off our list. The Facebook phone shows some cool apps and there is an instant Instagram button too. The saturated aluminium casing measures 17.5 cm x 5.5cm and looks like a wedge. The display has its size and aspect ratio optimised for the new Facebook core app OS. Some of the highlights of this Facebook phone concept are the "incoming message notification element" combined as a button to access the messaging centre and a physical "Like" button.
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"Tablet" and "smartphone" are the buzz words in the tech world, and a designer trio has managed to craft an elegant looking device that has both. Yes, we mean a device that combines two separate devices – tablet and smartphone. The viewing experience on tablets is great with its larger screen, but smartphones have their own charm and comfort for making calls, sending texts and so on. The new concept shows a smartphone as a part of the tablet just like how styluses are embedded within the back of the tablet. The Fujitsu concept shows Xperia’s TimeScape interface and the icon dock at the bottom. The phone can be detached whenever required. This device will promise utmost portability if it ever turns into reality.
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Imagine carrying a pen in your pocket and then pulling out a flexible display from within it. This Samsung concept does just that - a flexible screen which is actually your phone screen rolled inside a pen. Created by Yejin Jeon, the concept relies on cloud computing and the 6-inch bendable sheet of screen also has a camera embedded. To view the notifications, battery and other signals, a small screen is embedded on the side of the pen. At the edges of the pen, one will find a speaker and a lock. Moreover, you can just pull a part of the screen outwards and use it as a camera viewfinder. The concept is interesting and could attract buyers if it hits the market. However, we wonder if the pen would be sleek and slim.