When I imagine an ebook reader, I mainly see a Star Trek PADD before me, but of course reading does not require a rigid, book-like form.
Nokia Benelux organised a Design Awards competition (requires Macromedia Flash plug-in) in which students were asked to come up with a new Nokia phone concept. This year’s winner was Tamer Nakisçi of Istanbul, with his Nokia 888, a slap bracelet made of an e-inkish material that can be used as a phone, a watch and a PDA. His pay-off: “form follows you”. A similar idea was coined at the Halfbakery.
Another interesting design was Joke Theuwissen’s Survi 1, which has a PDA like form factor, but comes in a rugged casing made of aluminium. The phone doubles as a GPS device, a flash light, a compass, an altimeter and more, and is worn on the outside like the iPod Shuffle. Theuwissen based her design on the results of a survey she held amoung outdoorsy young types.
Also check out the Zond, a digital video camera and projector combined, making video telephony a truly mobile thing. But the Zond is a Nokia concept; what I liked about the student designs is that they further commoditize the mobile phone, and yet are still very unique and personal. I can imagine letting these devices lie about, or take a knock.
(Via Digibieb.nl (Dutch).)