Aug 23, 2006 | Post Archive
Since you first possessed the faculties to ask for brand names, the tides of fashion have been rolling in and out of your wardrobe. And it isn't just about what's in your closet, either. Fashion has tried to influence your choices in appliances, housewares and more. With the rapid advancement of technology, especially concerning electronics and computing, it was inevitable that fashion would touch these areas, too. What’s it coming for next? Your cell phone, if it hasn’t already.
A recent article in Business Week outlines the next wave in mobile-phone technology. By the look of things, we'll soon be looking back at our "clamshells" and "candy bars" with the same disdain-and-snicker treatment you give your old Zack Morris phone. The new designs Business Week profiled included a watch-alarm-clock-phone combo, a solid-gold phone adorned with 120 carats of diamonds and an electronic ink phone with a flexible display.
Most interesting, in my humble opinion, is Synaptics' prototype design for a no-button phone called Onyx.
Business Week reports that, instead of buttons,
The no-button, breakthrough interface the phone will use is called ClearPad, a new touch screen technology that will be available on the consumer market later in 2006. Top Tech News has more details:
Sounds great, right? Here’s a friendly reminder that the Onyx is only a prototype at this stage. For you gadget junkies, the good news is that Synaptics plans to market the technology to mobile phone carriers by the end of this year. Link.