Modular Cell Phones: The Way of the Future?

Modular Cell Phones: The Way of the Future?

Range Govindan
Jan 30, 2009

We all love our iPhones, but will it still represent the wave of the future in a few years? The one thing that I can't bear without is some form of input device, better than a small touchscreen that is just unwieldy. I don't think that the slide-away keyboards are a solution either. LG has been studying this quandary for some time and have come up with a solution: modular cell phones. Cell phones that have pieces that can be taken off and reattached.

The concept they used is to have a detachable keyboard. It's an idea, but is it the right one? The VX9600 looks a bit strange with its modular keyboard. One thing that I have to say is that when pico-projectors get integrated into cell phones, it might be possible to also integrate laser projection keyboards, which are in a sense virtual. You know the ones I mean, these keyboards are projected onto a flat surface and detect which keys you use with a sensor.

We are just seeing the appearance of some pico-projector, so a phone like this might still be a year or two into the future. Having a screen that is just a projection solves a lot of logistical problems. The only thing is that you'd have to use some kind of a surface to be able to type. Anyway, some kind of gesture based sensor device might also work, though it would be complicated. [via Core77]

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