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Mobiado CPT002 Aston Martin concept promises transparent touchscreen

Car designers are used to being able to come up with outlandish ideas that will never quite work, so why shouldn't they do the same with smartphones? The Mobiado CPT002 Aston Martin concept phone takes a sheet of solid sapphire crystal, layers on a transparent capacitive touchscreen, and then brackets it with platinum side bars containing the battery, electronics and SIM card. At least, that's what the design brief says; actually manufacturing all this would, we fear, be a little outside the realms of what's feasible. Still, the Android-based concept looks fantastic, and would have plenty of integration with your Aston Martin (you do have an Aston, don't you?). As well as working as the key, the CPT002 would automatically hook up to your car's display, showing FourSquare-powered points-of-interest, parking and your friends, while cameras embedded in the car will share photos to Twitter and Facebook. Should you accidentally crash, the phone will record stats from the airbag and other sensors. Mobiado say the whole exercise is designed to "push the boundaries of invention"; as long as they're paying for the car, we won't argue with them. [gallery] [via GSMArena] Press Release:
MOBIADO CPT002 ASTON MARTIN CONCEPT PHONE: DESIGN IN MOBILITY Basel, Switzerland – March 24th, 2011: The CPT002 exemplifies what a concept phone can be, combining existing technology and software with state-of-the-art advances in electronics to create a realistic vision of luxury mobile phones. The CTP002 will present this futuristic image at BaselWorld, the world watch and jewelry show in Switzerland (Hall 2.1, Booth A22). The CPT002 is the key to your Aston Martin vehicle, automatically unlocking the doors as you approach, however this is just the beginning as the phone also connects directly to the car display while remaining in your pocket. The CPT002 software combines with the vehicle GPS providing a new level of social network experience:  FourSquare will show your current location as well as the location of your friends and nearby venues all integrated on a GPS map of the Aston Martin car display, to help you plan your night and organize parking locations.  Cameras integrated into the vehicle can be set to periodically update FaceBook and Twitter with pictures, video, and information of passing cities/landmarks during road trips, or can update your social sites in real time with your progress during race track days.  At the time of an accident, the vehicle Airbag will receive accelerometer information from the CPT002 in the driver’s pocket. These readings will give the car information of the driver’s acceleration movement from within the car seat, allowing for more responsive control over safety deployments such as airbag sequence, timing, and seatbelt stiffening. Mobiado is consistently guided by a philosophy of doing things differently, and this principle has now given rise to the CPT002 Aston Martin Concept Phone. Staying on the cutting edge of design required the freedom to push the limits of what a luxury phone can be. The heart of the CPT002 is the solid sapphire crystal, see-through capacitive touch screen. The sides of the CPT are crafted from platinum; they incorporate the battery, electronics, and SIM card allowing for the screen of the phone to be transparent giving the phone a simple modern look while maintaining a luxurious appearance. The purpose of a concept is to push the boundaries of invention, allowing concept ideas to be identified for future production designs. Mobiado’s passion for the avant-garde is an essential element of its DNA and history, and the driving force of its R&D strategy.

Sony creates ultra-fast phone camera packed with MP

Sony is developing a camera phone sensor with the serious photographer in mind. The new sensor is packed with nearly 18 MP and can fire off high speed burst photographs. Traditionally, phone camera sensors bog down in speed, but Sony has developed a technique where the camera can process pixels in parallel, which takes up to 75 percent less time to generate an image.

Sony Ericsson Zento Android Concept has Barely an Edge

We've recently become addicted to conceptual design in Android devices, and we've found that the fountain scarcely runs try. The following concept is known as the Sony Ericsson Zento, an Android smartphone by Frank Tobias. If this phone were to ever take fruition, it would be one bad mother. Oddly enough, this badness starts with Android 3.0 Honeycomb which, as you know is optimized for tablets, not smartphones. On the other hand, this device has a 4.4 in touchscreen, so perhaps the size qualifies.

Xeta concept phone boosts specs for Honeycomb

It's called the Xeta, and it's a simple, yet elegant concept phone created by designer Frank Tobias for Sony Ericsson. On it's face, it may look like just another Android phone. But looks are deceiving. Check out what may be under the hood. Designed to run the very tablet centric Android 3.0 Honeycomb, the Xeta is to be powered by a 2Ghz dual core CPU running the Sony Mobile Bravia Engine. Which is plenty of power to support a massive 4.2 inch multitouch display that nearly covers the entire phone. Layout wise, the Xeta looks to sport three buttons including a center square that suspiciously looks like a "cut and paste" of an Apple mobile device power button.

HTC Cartridge Phone Works with Android, WP7, Whichever OS you Like

The following is a concept phone by a designer by the name of Antoine Berieux, and it consists of an outer shell and an inner cartridge, this inner bit being able to be switched, each cartridge containing a completely different OS or iteration of OS. Like physical ROM switching at the click of a hatch!

Android Phone Concept Features Three Flexible AMOLED Touchscreens

Let's face it, smartphones, at least in their current form, are becoming dull and standard. Everyone is looking for the "newest" form factor for their phones but honestly they're just all coming out looking the same. Introducing a phone concept that leaves us wanting more with its ultra-sleek 3-panel design.

Conceptual Design for Porsche Smartphone is Sleek, Hot, Amazing

It's made with some slick aluminum, glass front, 3.8 inch display, 1042 x 640 pixel resolution, 3D camera system on the back (2 cameras) with 5Mexapixels each and HD 720p video with stereo sound, and that's only the beginning! This is the "P'9530" Porsche smartphone by designer André Duarte Silva, straight outta the hallways of conceptual design publishers Yanko Design. Also included in this phone is a hidden speaker blasting from between the glass and the aluminum at the top, premium materials selected by Porsche engineers, instant record button, and more!

Google Gesture Search out for Android 2.x

Google has just released their gesture search application that we first saw demonstrated during last year’s Google I/O by Romain Guy. It was just a concept back then but now all Android users that have 2.0 or higher can now download this app from the market.

1 Cross MID “hybrid” Concept

This will be the first MID in a series of products from 1 Cross. It's Android based and is a mix between an e-reader and a tablet. 1 Cross will name this hybrid the ShuBook which is Chinese for book. When closed it looks like a traditional book, open it up and you will reveal dual screens. One e-reader and a smaller screen with a built in qwerty keyboard.

Google-G0 concept Android smartphone with wireless dock

It seems like a long time since we've seen a good Android concept device, or at least one that isn't an obvious derivative of an existing handset.  Thankfully designer Tryi Yeh has stepped forward with his Google-G0 concept, a touchscreen-dominated slider with a wireless charging cradle. Yeh is short on description for his concept, but going from the images he envisages the G0 seemingly including all the usual Google apps together with Flash support.  The hardware slides open to reveal the camera (of unspecified resolution) and a row of four hardware buttons which can - thanks to embedded displays - offer various contextual controls. The docking station seems modular, either taking the form of a basic wireless dock similar to the Palm Pre's Touchstone charger, or attaching to a larger desktop display with integrated speakers.  Unfortunately, this eye-catching smartphone is just a concept. [gallery] [via Generation MP3]
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