Microsoft showed off at Mix yesterday a breakthrough new technology device, the Windows Mobile oPhone. Designed to compete with Apple’s iPhone, the oPhone is a fold out variable device with three different usable surfaces and a circular display.
The oPhone, in standard mode, is a thin, curvy device topped by a round screen and with the phone keypad surface below. Two other surfaces, the same size and shape as the keypad, can be flipped out. One has a full keyboard, the other a music player control with a wheel control and a few buttons. Flip out all three surfaces, and you have a device shaped like a three winged boomerang, and Microsoft claims it is aerodynamic enough to work exactly like that.
Images all from Todd Bishop’s post.
You know its a joke, right? It’s a terible design, even if there are some great, radical ideas in there. It reminds me of the UpStage, with its phone on one side, music player on the other. Maybe someone can design a really cool way to switch a phone through multiple button faces with little effort, and without making the phone too big.