Mobile Future

After the iPhone, what’s next?

After Apple’s popular iPhone, you may be wondering where handset manufacturers are going to go next – The simple answer would be, just about everywhere – with innovative designs going in all directions.

 Although they are planning at least seven to 15 years in advance, Nokia has designed a phone called, Morph, which as its name suggests, can morph into different practical forms, including a bracelet. It will be made out of a self-cleaning material capable of repelling dirt and grime much like a newly waxed car repels water. On top of that, the phone will have sensors capable monitoring carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere for the health conscious or the blood sugar levels for the diabetic. 

Then there is Italian designer Massimo Marrazzo’s Handphone, which is literally just that. First, imagine a speaker ring attached to your pinky and a microphone ring attached to your thumb, second imagine gesturing to a friend to call you by using your hands to mimic a phone call, and then you have the Handphone design. When you’re done simply tell the phone, which responds to voice commands.

Utilizing the same touch screen technology as Apple’s iPhone, a Chinese design firm has plans to double the fun with the P-Per phone. Although they are a few years ahead of today’s technology, they plan to have a touch screen camera on one side and touch screen mobile phone and messaging capability on the other side. 

Also using touch screen technology, which will dominate the future, Turkish designer, Emir Rifat Isik has designed the 5 cm square by 1 cm thick Packet phone, which folds open like a package, providing more surface area to fit in a keyboard and pointer area when you are surfing the Web.

Today it’s the iPhone, but tomorrow it could be anything.