Mozilla Unveils ‘Seabird’ Concept Phone

With everyone fighting harder to taste the success of the mobile handset market, here comes the new entrant….Mozilla is planning a phone…hang on for a second it’s not Mozilla exactly but it’s the Mozilla community which has unveiled a new concept phone for open source fans. Mozilla Labs has produced an Android-based open Web concept phone, named Seabird. Seabird is a community-driven exploration and does not mean that Mozilla has plans to produce an OS or hardware at the moment. The concept has been created by Billy May. “The Seabird is an experiment in how users might interact with their mobile content as devices and technology advances,” he wrote. “While mobile CPUs, connectivity and development platforms begin approaching that of desktops, the lagging ability to efficiently input information has grown ever more pronounced.” Seabird, with touchscreen support and 8 megapixel camera, will feature embedded Bluetooth dongle that will also serve as Haptic Clicking point. It can be used as Bluetooth Headset and even for 1:1 Infrared Tracking. “Seabird imagines how a multiple use dongle might augment the crowded gestural interface with greater precision and direct manipulation of content in 3D space.” “The form development took its cues from various aerodynamic, avian and decidedly feminine forms. Its erect posture intends a sense of poise while its supine conformity to the hand reconciles that with the user’s desire for digital control. The curvature of the back also serves a functional role in elevating the projector lens elements when lying flat,” explains May. The concept phone also incorporates two Pico projectors, on which May adds, “with mobile phone companies such as Samsung, LG and Motorola moving towards display applications for projectors, the technology remains open for expanding user interaction and input at the same time. The Seabird, on just a flat surface, enables netbook-quality interaction by working with the projector’s angular distortion to deliver interface, rather than content. With the benefit of a dock, each projector works independently and delivers laptop levels of efficiency.”

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