Simon Bisson (sbisson) wrote,
Simon Bisson
sbisson

Is the iPhone really an Apple design?

Here's the Onyx, a concept device from industrial designers Pilotfish and Synaptics (who make the touch screen used by Apple for the iPhone).



I do like the idea of a phone that can send a kiss to the screen as an emoticon...
The Onyx concept acts as a remote for your life. And because life is activity based, not application based, the concept illustrates how applications such as phone, GPS, music, teleconference and calendar events can work simultaneously. The Onyx concept does not base its experience on treating applications as separate windows or entities that work in isolation. Rather, the Onyx concept seamlessly integrates functions into activity based experiences.
Elsewhere:
More intelligent than conventional touch screens, the ClearPad accurately recognizes not only points and taps, but also shapes, complex gestures, and proximity to the user’s finger or cheek. This creates new possibilities such as assigning functions to two-finger taps, closing tasks by swiping an “X” over them, sending messages by swiping them off the screen, or answering a phone by holding it up to your cheek. The prototype phone uses a dynamic UI, where applications are layered and opened simultaneously, allowing a seamless flow of information between applications.
Sound familiar? The concept PDF is rather interesting too...

Now note the date on the press release.

Thanks to marypcb for the link.
Tags: apple, gadgets, iphone, onyx
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