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HTC One M9 is Back and Features Back Cover With Unique Texture, Full Aluminum Case

October 23rd, 2014

HTC One M9 is Back and Features Back Cover With Unique Texture, Full Aluminum CaseHTC One M9 is Back and Features Back Cover With Unique Texture, Full Aluminum CaseHTC One M9 is Back and Features Back Cover With Unique Texture, Full Aluminum CaseHTC One M9 is Back and Features Back Cover With Unique Texture, Full Aluminum CaseHTC One M9 is Back and Features Back Cover With Unique Texture, Full Aluminum Case (4 votes, average: 4.00 out of 5)

Hasan Kaymak is back with a fresh HTC One M9 concept phone, this time a model with a full aluminum body and an unique texture at the back. This one is the creation of Hasan Kaymak and it’s an excellent evolution of the current HTC One M8.

HTC One M9 is Back and Features Back Cover With Unique Texture, Full Aluminum Case

The back cover is all aluminum and the texture seems to involve a pattern similar to the one of a beehive, with water droplets placed on top, if the designer allows me this metaphor. The design is slim, the bezels have become more minimal and the Android buttons are virtual here. The BoomSound speakers are still here, at the top and bottom, but they’re highlighted through a special shadow and deep cut into the metal, that makes the device have more personality.

HTC One M9 is Back and Features Back Cover With Unique Texture, Full Aluminum Case

If you have a look at the second picture below, HTC One M9 will instantly remind you of the leather imitation of the Galaxy Note 4, but with a slightly modified texture. I’d even go as far as compare to the armor of Batman in the Dark Knight movies, but that’s a bit exaggerated. There’s still a Duo Camera on board, as well as a dual flash. I imagine there’s a Snapdragon 805 or 810 inside, Android Lollipop and 3 GB of RAM.

Fancy?

[via Hasan Kaymak Innovations]



Microsoft Windows Watch Justifies a Square Watch Face

October 21st, 2014

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Usually I praise round smartwatches a lot, but seeing how well little square tiles blend together on a square screen, I fell in love with the format. Deani Hansen from Denmark has imagined the Windows Watch concept design shown below.

Microsoft Windows Watch Justifies a Square Watch Face

This is more of an UI concept rather than a device concept and it feels very user-friendly. We’ve got transparent tiles, small little squares that stand for apps and services, including Nokia HERE and Skype. Cortana is included as well, plus some camera shortcuts, probably triggering cameras on Lumia devices, with the watch as remote. I noticed that apps are crazy simple in design, going as far as to show them with mere white highlights.

Even the crazy iOS 7 would be jealous of this approach. There’s a Health feature here, multitasking with square thumbnails for apps and a very pretty phone calling area, with an enlarged view of the caller’s avatar. You can also text a reply when someone is calling. Now just imagine a smartwatch that features the same design as the Surface tablets, but in a minimal version.

Microsoft Windows Watch Justifies a Square Watch Face

Microsoft Windows Watch Justifies a Square Watch Face

Microsoft Windows Watch Justifies a Square Watch Face

Microsoft Windows Watch Justifies a Square Watch Face

Microsoft Windows Watch Justifies a Square Watch Face

Microsoft Windows Watch Justifies a Square Watch Face

Microsoft Windows Watch Justifies a Square Watch Face

[via Behance]

Nokia Lumia 835 Rendered by Hanz Manuel

October 21st, 2014

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If you’re sick of Lumia 1030 concepts or futuristic Pureview units, you may as well enjoy the render below. Created by Hanz Manuel, this is the Nokia Lumia 835 concept, that features a combo of midrange and higher end specs.

Nokia Lumia 835 Rendered by Hanz Manuel

The phone has a 12 megapixel main camera with Carl Zeiss optics and Pureview tech, plus a 3 MP front shooter and a 5.7 inch IPS LCD with Gorilla Glass protection. There’s Puremotion HD screen tech available, 16 GB of storage and up to 128 GB in storage expansion. This model runs Windows Phone 10 or better said Windows 10 and adopts a rectangular form factor, with what seem to be metallic edges.

Lumia 835 is shown in orange or silver and seems to have a glass panel upfront with very narrow bezels. The main problem I have with such formats is that they cut into your palm, because of the angular metal, especially when it gets hot.

Nokia Lumia 835 Rendered by Hanz Manuel

[Thanks Hanz Manuel]

LG Announces Weirdest Phone Ever: LG Aka…

October 20th, 2014

LG Announces Weirdest Phone Ever: LG Aka...LG Announces Weirdest Phone Ever: LG Aka...LG Announces Weirdest Phone Ever: LG Aka...LG Announces Weirdest Phone Ever: LG Aka...LG Announces Weirdest Phone Ever: LG Aka... (4 votes, average: 3.25 out of 5)

LG did state that their latest endeavour is a concept phone, but it’s very far from what we expected. I wanted a LG G Flex 2 and instead I got the… LG Aka. This model is a mystery right now and it doesn’t have clear specs. All it has is a pair of eyes.

LG Announces Weirdest Phone Ever: LG Aka...

First I thought it was April’s Fools or something had happened with LG’s site and it had been hacked. Then, it turns out that this is a real phone, one that actually integrates eyesl reflecting your mood. LG Aka is a concept device that expresses emotions and these eyes are shown depending on how you use the phone and I mean alarms, apps, the music you have on it and things like that.

From what I can see moods include angry, crazy, dreamy and sensual. It would be creepy to see these eyes in a dark alley, but apparently LG thinks it’s cool. My only hope is that they didn’t dedicate too much battery power to the “eyes”… Hopefully they’re E Ink material or something. Also, in case it’s not clear, I don’t like the idea or the phone, not at all!

[via GSMDome]

Ubuntu Glass HUD Concept Rivals Google Glass UI

October 20th, 2014

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Although this concept is about one year old, it’s still a good idea even today. I’m talking about Ubuntu for eye wear, that’s detailed in the image below. It’s created by Lorenzo Berkley and it’s a very nice idea for an UI.

Ubuntu Glass HUD Concept Rivals Google Glass UI

The Unity Hud is supposed to be a system integrated application controller that involves a searchable menu context viewer and it’s paired with keyboard shortcuts. There’s voice control and desktop class functionality on phone and tablet applications. Hud Glass is an extension of the concept, that allows apps to run without a graphically intensive environment.

We will get an active voice controller for Ubuntu and the whole idea here is to create a software application concept for the moment when Ubuntu will run on Google Glass. I can’t exactly say I like the UI of Google Glass, even though it got some praise. There’s still work to be done and Ubunty may be the answer.

[via Lorenzo Berkley]

Apple Thermostat Imagined in Germany, Inspired by Marc Newson’s Work

October 19th, 2014

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Marc Newson is a designer whose work seems to be in the same line with the Apple designs and below you can see a thermostat concept envisioned by the folks of Curved.de in Germany. The basic idea here is that Marc Newson likes to leave his print on his work, from the design of an aircraft to the one of a furniture.

Apple Thermostat Imagined in Germany, Inspired by Marc Newsons Work

He bases his concepts on a simple idea: the fewer the edges, the better the design. The thermostat is round and looks like a combo of the new Apple campus in Cupertino and the Enterprise starship from Star Trek. This device can control more than temperature, since it also serves as a media hub for all the electronic gear inside the house. Its display shows the time and a variety of other features.

You can access the system via Touch ID and the Home Control Center can be manned via any iOS device, including Apple Watch. The same designers envisioned a smoke detector from the same Newson line of Apple products. Of course, I know this is not a phone, but it’s a design trend and trait that may be borrowed by more Apple gear. Would you buy this product?

Apple Thermostat Imagined in Germany, Inspired by Marc Newsons Work

Apple Thermostat Imagined in Germany, Inspired by Marc Newsons Work

Apple Thermostat Imagined in Germany, Inspired by Marc Newsons Work

Apple Thermostat Imagined in Germany, Inspired by Marc Newsons Work

Apple Thermostat Imagined in Germany, Inspired by Marc Newsons Work

Apple Thermostat Imagined in Germany, Inspired by Marc Newsons Work

Apple Thermostat Imagined in Germany, Inspired by Marc Newsons Work

[via Curved.de]

HTC Android Wear Watch Rendered by Hasan Kaymak in Fresh Version (Video)

October 19th, 2014

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Hasan Kaymak has created one or two HTC watches before, but today he’s back with a HTC watch that uses Android Wear. This model brings some design lines we already knew, but also new material choices and a better look at its software.

HTC Android Wear Watch Rendered by Hasan Kaymak in Fresh Version (Video)

Well, for one thing there’s no such thing as a real HTC Watch in real life, so we have to be happy with the concept here. We get a body design that feels like the Moto 360, with metal in the mix, a bezel free circular screen, with the glass very exposed. The belt is made of metal and the interface is circular and minimalistic. There’s a slight gap between the glass and metal body, leaving room for a slight screen edge.

We’ve got a crown button on the side, a physical one and a minimalistic UI for the music player and phone calling app. This is only part one of the experience that Hasan unveiled and we’ll be back with part two soon. In the video below you can see on screen notifications, a rotating dialer that feels old school and more goodies.

HTC Android Wear Watch Rendered by Hasan Kaymak in Fresh Version (Video)

HTC Android Wear Watch Rendered by Hasan Kaymak in Fresh Version (Video)

HTC Android Wear Watch Rendered by Hasan Kaymak in Fresh Version (Video)

HTC Android Wear Watch Rendered by Hasan Kaymak in Fresh Version (Video)

HTC Android Wear Watch Rendered by Hasan Kaymak in Fresh Version (Video)

HTC Android Wear Watch Rendered by Hasan Kaymak in Fresh Version (Video)

HTC Android Wear Watch Rendered by Hasan Kaymak in Fresh Version (Video)

[via Hasan Kaymak]

Blocks Modular Smartwatch is Extremely Customizable, Sounds Like a Good Idea (Video)

October 18th, 2014

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I can’t exactly call the Blocks Modular smartwatch idea a concept, since it’s a project funded by Intel and a totally customizable smartwatch, that’s shown below. Apparently, the product is in the making in the background, with both the contribution of Intel and the support of Phoneblocks.

Blocks Modular Smartwatch is Extremely Customizable, Sounds Like a Good Idea (Video)

The idea is simple: you get a bunch of metal/plastic pieces with components inside, like a GPS, Bluetooth module, camera heart rate sensor and you combine them simply via a port and plug combination, like the headphone plug and audio jack, but repeated over and over again, till you create a bigger device. You can create a square watch, a circular one, a rectangular one or various belt sizes and formats.

The platform is totally open and each block is designed with removable covers, with a variety of colors and materials available. The Blocks smartwatch also includes an open platform for software and hardware, so anything goes here. Any company or individual can build software or hardware blocks for the device. Will this be the new Project Ara?

Blocks Modular Smartwatch is Extremely Customizable, Sounds Like a Good Idea (Video)

Blocks Modular Smartwatch is Extremely Customizable, Sounds Like a Good Idea (Video)

Blocks Modular Smartwatch is Extremely Customizable, Sounds Like a Good Idea (Video)

Blocks Modular Smartwatch is Extremely Customizable, Sounds Like a Good Idea (Video)

Blocks Modular Smartwatch is Extremely Customizable, Sounds Like a Good Idea (Video)

Blocks Modular Smartwatch is Extremely Customizable, Sounds Like a Good Idea (Video)

[via chooseblocks]

Yako Modular Smartphone Feels Like an Improved Galaxy Note (Video)

October 17th, 2014

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Created by Ashraf Amer, the Yako phone is a modular smartphone, that feels like an upgraded next gen Galaxy Note. We’re dealing with a layered metallic design, a 5.1 inch Full HD display and Gorilla Glass 3 protection.

Yako Modular Smartphone Feels Like an Improved Galaxy Note (Video)

There’s 2 GB of RAM inside, a 16 megapixel CMOS rear camera with Xenon flash and a microSD card slot with support for up to 128 GB of storage. Upfront there’s a 2 megapixel camera and inside there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, a quad core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 unit. This model has minimal edges and its facade also brings back the Xperias a little bit. Buttons are only virtual here and I can’t spot any physical ones.

The back clearly shows what we’re dealing with here: you can replace bits and pieces of the hardware like on the Project Ara phone for example. I’ll remind you that this is an all metal device, so you’ll be playing with a metallic design. We’ve got high quality layered modules, that can be interchanged if you want new features. Isn’t this just the perfect Christmas gift?

Yako Modular Smartphone Feels Like an Improved Galaxy Note (Video)

Yako Modular Smartphone Feels Like an Improved Galaxy Note (Video)

Yako Modular Smartphone Feels Like an Improved Galaxy Note (Video)

Yako Modular Smartphone Feels Like an Improved Galaxy Note (Video)

[via Ashraf Amer]

Microsoft Windows Watch Concept Focuses on UI Rather than Hardware

October 16th, 2014

Microsoft Windows Watch Concept Focuses on UI Rather than HardwareMicrosoft Windows Watch Concept Focuses on UI Rather than HardwareMicrosoft Windows Watch Concept Focuses on UI Rather than HardwareMicrosoft Windows Watch Concept Focuses on UI Rather than HardwareMicrosoft Windows Watch Concept Focuses on UI Rather than Hardware (10 votes, average: 3.40 out of 5)

I find it strange that we’re approaching the end of 2014 and we’ve yet to see a smartwatch from Microsoft, one under the Lumia branding. I’m also sure that Nokia had one prepared, but Microsoft canned it secretly to remake it in its own image.

Microsoft Windows Watch Concept Focuses on UI Rather than Hardware

Ian Suarez is a designer from Canada, who imagined the way Windows would look on the wrist. Minimal fonts, simple colors and easy navigation, those are the 3 pillars of the experience, as defined by the creator of the render. At its core we get the same basic experience as on the Windows Phone devices, but slightly simplified. The tiles can look nice even on the smaller screen and I envision this experience as open to both vertical and horizontal scrolling.

Microsoft Windows Watch Concept Focuses on UI Rather than Hardware

Cortana is also present on the wrist, to avoid using touch too much. The phone calling UI is very intuitive and we also catch a glimpse of the calculator, Bing Maps, Xbox Music (that actually has a lot of spare room on Windows Phone screens, so it totally fits a watch). Emails also look well spaced and I’d see the square watch pictured here as a 2.5 inch device.

The question is: how come we don’t have such a Windows smartwatch yet?

Microsoft Windows Watch Concept Focuses on UI Rather than Hardware

Microsoft Windows Watch Concept Focuses on UI Rather than Hardware

Microsoft Windows Watch Concept Focuses on UI Rather than Hardware

Microsoft Windows Watch Concept Focuses on UI Rather than Hardware

Microsoft Windows Watch Concept Focuses on UI Rather than Hardware

Microsoft Windows Watch Concept Focuses on UI Rather than Hardware

Microsoft Windows Watch Concept Focuses on UI Rather than Hardware

[via Behance]

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