Me, too. I always was more interested in the hoverboards from Back to the Future II, but, Mozilla’s new Seabird Concept phone, if ever produced, would be like holding the future in the palm of your hand.
According to Ecommerce Journal, The concept phone is built on Android and has an unusual shape. With a flat face and no physical buttons, it tapers to just a sliver at the bottom, with a bulge protruding from the top at the back. That bulge elevates the projector lenses enough to project an image onto the surface on which the phone sits.
Oh, wait, there’s more…. (Video after the jump.)
Seabird has two pico projectors. When placed in a dock, it uses one of them to project the screen on a nearby wall for easier viewing and the other to project a full-size, virtual keyboard on the table where it sits. A user can then type on the virtual keyboard instead of a tiny on-screen or physical keyboard on the phone.
So, basically (take a look at the picture above, you would have a screen in front of you and a virtual keyboard which you would input information. And this is just when you’re kinda NOT using it as a phone.
A small Bluetooth dongle fits into a slot on the back of the phone. It can be popped out and used as an earpiece. Or, users can wave the dongle in space to move a cursor on the phone screen, clicking the dongle to select an item on the screen. May says it lets users “pan and zoom in 3D space.”
Has your head exploded yet? Mine did. Also according to the eCommerce Journal, the dual pico projectors, located on the sides of the phone, could also be used without the dock to project half a keyboard each — one on each side of the phone.
So, basically, you have a phone that can project whatever you’re doing onto a nearby wall while you type onto a virtual keyboard all while talking to your friends.
Since it’s a concept phone, don’t think you’re going to be able to ever use it. However, don’t be too surprised if you see some of these technologies integrated into new smartphones that come into the market in coming years.
I’m sticking with Virgin Mobile.