Designers have worked up a projector-toting iPhone concept, giving Apple apostles a glimpse into the kind of ‘what-if?’ radical product design that's unlikely to ever feature on an official product from the House of Cupertino.
Traditional pico projector phones’ big USP is that they enable users to project videos and documents onto walls and other flat surfaces, exactly as home movie buffs did way back when. But this concept kit takes a very different approach.
Created by design studio SET Solution, the handset features projectors embedded on either side that effectively generate extra 'virtual' screens when the device is placed on a flat surface. That gives you a lot more display space to play with.
Best of all, as far as we’re concerned anyway, is that it also offers what it describes as 'real 3D video games', demonstrated in the clip by a 3D-graphics version of those ‘hoop-shooting’ basketball games you find at fairgrounds.
The virtual screens, as well as the device, respond to floating finger touch-free gestures that you’ll probably recognise from Samsung’s Galaxy S4, but which have yet to make it over to an iOS-powered smartphone.
The handset also allows users to ‘throw’ screens around and reposition them, in much the same way as Microsoft’s concept for living rooms of the near future.
Sold? Not sold? For the record, we like it very much. But we’re only too aware that a lasting peace for the Middle East is likely to arrive sooner than Apple would ever allow a phone like this to come to market.