Mozilla’s Seabird: Futuristic Android Concept Phone
Mozilla is demonstrating a concept phone called the Seabird that is based on the Android platform and features a nice curvature design. What sets this phone apart from the pack isn’t just design alone, but the emerging technologies that it incorporates, such as a Bluetooth earpiece that is nicely integrated into the phone. What’s unique here is that the Bluetooth earpiece has an IR sensor inside it, so you can point at the phone screen and pan around the UI and navigate that way, without even having to touch the touchscreen display. Just wave it like a wand and off you go navigating Android’s UI. Other technologies involved include dual pico projectors where you can either place the phone on a flat table top and project a keyboard, which is split on either side of the phone, to touch type, or aim one projector at a wall and get a larger projected screen and project a smaller keyboard onto a tabletop via the dock. While this phone probably won’t get commercialized anytime soon in its current form, it does show how emerging technologies, like pico projectors, can be integrated into smartphones in meaningful ways along with nice design.