Browsing through Brian Ling’s portofolio on Behance we stumbled upon a concept PDA, that received the Merit in Young Professionals Designer Award in 2002. The project was jointly developed with D. Toh and the Bonbons PDA is ideal for female teenagers, who want to keep in touch with their friends.
The device was developed for GE Plastics and it looks much like a clam, but it can expand and it comes with a headset and stylus, used to interact with the pretty small display.
As you can see in the picture above, the PDA also incorporates a tiny camera on the side, a microphone and support for social networking services.
This device takes me back to an older concept, the Plica phone, that only had 2 touchscreens to boast with. However, the device pictured below and designed by Peter Kubik has no less than 3 screens, which can be considered parts of a larger single display.
We’re dealing with a concept PDA flip phone, that can extend its screen area once it’s open. The display supports both landscape and portrait modes and the user will be able to interact with a virtual QWERTY keyboard on the huge resulting screen. There’s also a small lever at the back, allowing you to sit the handset in vertical position, so you can watch live TV or movies on that hot display.
Peter Kubik’s concept Mobile Internet Device is perfect for web browsing, watching high def videos and will certainly be used as a phone or maybe even a tablet or mini-notebook.
Last year, during IDF 07 Intel showed the world its phone prototype powered by the Moorestown platform and we haven’t heard anything about it since. Now I stumbled upon a neat PDA concept that reminded me of Intel’s device.
Designed by Shany Poulin, this PDA seems perfect for taking pictures and web browsing, although the button placement is kind of weird.
It comes with a touchscreen display, which can be used vertically or horizontally and you should know that the device supports one hand use. This long PDA is made out of multicolor polypropelene, which is quite light. For those of you who don’t remember Intel’s prototype phone, here it is:
After seeing a thumb-interaction-centered G Phone yesterday, it’s time for yet another Android smartphone, this time one with a sliding QWERTY keyboard, the BlackBook M.
This PDA Phone was designed by Emre Durmus and features a gigantic display (but it might seem this way because of the pics), while the rest of the specs are pure mystery.
What surprises me the most is the slimness of the device: it’s a very, very thin handset, specially for a QWERTY one. There also seems to be a camera at the back of the handset, but that aspect is clearly not finished yet, so we’re not even talking about megapixels.
Just throw in a couple of gigs of memory, a decent gaming platform and Microsoft Exchange support and you’ll have me satisfied.
Got lost between your fancy car and the local shopping mall? The Bi comes into play here, a concept designed to work as a guide that uses GPS in order to show you the way around those expensive shops. Simon Enever is the designer of this original handheld and you might know his name from that brilliant S-series phone concept.
The “Bi” uses WiFi and 3G connections plus tons of guides that can be downloaded and interactive maps giving you a better choice of top notch brands and fashionista must-haves. There’s also a product search function featured on this device and you can visit the home pages of most important stores.
Satellite phones are usually destined for military use or for the journalists who broadcast their news from the craziest places on the planet. Everything can be said about those devices, except the fact that they’re slim and cheap.
Elektrobit thought we might need such a handset in our home, so they’re planning to release it, an affordable and nice-looking Windows Mobile PDA style device.
You’ll find features like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS and VoiP on the specs list of the Elektrobit phone and the beauty will come with Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional and a touchscreen display. There’s also a 3 megapixel camera in the package, HSDPA and satellite connectivity (yet unlaunched Terrestar network).
The phone will become reality in 2009 and it will surely be appreciated, specially because of the fact that it’s a satellite phone without a huge antenna.
Let’s guess! What features a 4.8 inch touchscreen, EDGE and 3G connectivity and a “bullseye” optical mouse? It might just be the best MID you’ve ever used, or Lenovo’s Ideapad U8, a device that’s got them all: PDA features, GPS, MID functionality and even manages to replace a notebook, at times.
Productivity increases when you’re using Ideapad U8, as it features location-based apps, helping out when you’re visiting a new town plus hand writing recognition with the aid of its touchscreen. Introduced at Intel’s IDF, this useful MID also supports MS Office and includes a 12 key num-pad and our guess is that it’ll run Linux.
People just don’t use words like “palette” any more, so imagine using one of those objects to paint something… We’re in the Photoshop era, sadly, but thanks to the concept PDA below, old-fashioned visual artists might stand a chance.
The Pallete Digital Artist was revealed at the Next-Gen PC design competition and it uses a touchscreen and digital pens allowing you to express your creativity.
Just use a bunch of differently sized pens and draw a sketch, then color it the way you want to. This PDA is able to recognize colors, converting an analog color to digital format. Since we’re going old-school, we might as well mention that the PDA features wood finished sides and a texture that resembles a real canvas.
Strangely enough, the Palette Digital Artist features a disc player, but the rest of its features are quite normal, including the USB port and wireless module. This device is portable, as you might have guessed and it’s running on batteries, but AC power is also an option if you’re an in-door painter.
What made me check out this device was its colour, but the design’s also pretty interesting. We’re dealing with a concept PDA, called Vriend and designed by Jerin Wu, from Singapore. It was created as the perfect companion for nurses, helping them keep track of their patients and perform their duties without errors. User-friendly, comfortable and perhaps life-saving device.