concept

GameStop testing Android Gaming Tablet pre 2012 launch

Word on the street is that there's going to be a new gaming tablet… on the streets. GameStop company president Tony Bartel has commented this week about how they're currently in testing mode for an Android-based tablet that they've also already started working on a gaming controller for as well. This tablet will be, as Bartel calls it, a “GameStop certified gaming platform” and that it'll start with a few games and build up and up and up and explode all over the gaming industry similar to what we've seen (to a degree) with OnLive with HTC and other related groups.

Glance Android Concept Phone Made for Skinny Jeans

If you're not one of those people who has the biggest pockets in the world so wide and deep that they're able to keep an Acer Iconia Tab A100 in them without a problem, we've got the phone for you. This is a conceptual design, meaning that it's certainly not based in reality at the moment, and given what it's got going for it, we're looking at a few years at least before something like this can become a reality. The greatest and most obvious feature here is the thinness of most of the device.

Paper Smartphone using Android?

One of the cool gadgets shown in the SyFy series Caprica was an interactive piece of paper that would send email, surf the web, and do just about anything else a computer can do. Then the character could fold it up and place it in their pocket or purse. Genius. Too bad we couldn't do that now. Oh wait, WE CAN. Check out this smartphone made completely of paper and plastic.

Israeli company offers Kosher Smartphone

I admit, I'm not Jewish, much less Orthodox. But I do have several friends who observe the sabbath whom this new "smartphone" could be beneficial for. It's called a "Kosher, Sin Free Smartphone," and it's being developed by a company in Israel. The phone provides no internet access, no Facebook, no text messaging or email.

Kosmaz Compufon concept needs to get built

Every now and then, I run across a concept device that is so cool it just has to be built. The new Compufon concept from Kosmaz Technologies is one of the devices that is firmly in that has to be built category for me, and luckily it will be built. The Compufon is a blocky monolith looking smartphone that would need apes dancing around it were it black.

Morphy Android Concept bends with you

The Morphy is a design attempt to address a user's need to keep their phones in their pockets, without having a clunky bulge that mucks up fashion lines. Designs may be elegant, but they are reliant on rigid technologies and thinking when newer options are out there to make a phone far more flexible. The idea of Morphy is that the pliable plastic design will flex and bend as the phone becomes more mailable due to body heat. Once placed in the pocket, it takes a few minutes for body heat to cause Morphy to conform to the body. When it's placed back on the table and exposed to similar heat, the pliable hybird plastic "memory" will eventually flatten it out.

Android Gaming Platform design at Yanko

Over at Yanko, there's a cool design for an Android gaming platform that could go head to head with Sony Ericsson's Xperia Play. The concept, which is being touted as the Samsung HD3 Console, would employ a 3D galaxy interface with an HD AMOLED multi-touch screen, have Dolby mobile stereo speakers, two analog sticks and a built-in microphone for chat. It also looks to stream live TV via 4G or WiFi, 250GB of internal memory and sport an insane 8MP front camera and 12MP rear shutter. And of course, it would run Android, presumably Gingerbread or above.

HTC Concept Phone called the New Eden

Today I have a little treat for you all to cap off the day. This is a beautiful and extremely well designed concept phone from an XDA member by the name of Jason Wang. He is not one of the very well known concept designers but I have a feeling after everyone starts to see this latest creation he will be. This is about as clean and elegant as a phone could come.

Wysips Solar-Powered Screen Cover to Add $1 to Smartphone price [ALPHA]

There are more details coming out over the Wysips Solar Powered screen for smartphones we reported on last week. According to this hands on, done by Laptop Magazine, the photovoltaic screen will be included in new smartphones within a year and promises to only add about $1 to existing cellphone prices. The hands on shows a smartphone mockup with an amp-meter attached to it, showing the fluctuating voltage as the device moves in and out of exposed light. Wysips also says that the solar film isn't only being developed for for smartphones, it'll have applications for tablets and eBook readers as well.

Touchscreens may do double duty as solar panels

French company Wysips is working on a new technology which would cause smartphone touchscreens to do double duty as solar panels to recharge phones. The concept is quite interesting as it involves laying an ultra thin transparent photovoltaic film layer on top of the cellphone display screen. The film would capture energy not only from the sun, but any nearby light source. Projected recharge times would be about six hours from direct sunlight and a few hours longer from leaching energy from indoor lights. Wysips is already at work on the second generation of the technology, which looks to provide 30 minutes of talk time after just an hour in the sun.
1 2 3 4