Since I don’t read German, I can’t tell you anything about the background of this, but check out this online exhibit of prototype mobile phones.
Few of them actually bear any resemblance to phones; most have cameras; a lot incorporate PDA-like functions; and a few look like Danger’s HipTop or other edgy devices.
Two things that surprise me: First, many of them include a stylus, which I think is unlikely to catch on in cell phones. I have a universal remote control that uses a stylus, and I never use it, even though I’m perfectly willing to use the stylus on my PDA: once you get accustomed to one-handed operation, you don’t give it up. Second, none of them seem to make use of really innovative materials– for example, printable electronics that would let you create deformable computers (i.e., computers that you would control by twisting and bending). Still, a fun exhibit.
[via die puny humans]