Zinc Chan, a London-based designer, just struck fame with the speed of a back-tax owing Ohio plumber. The Icono concept telephone is inspired by the internationally recognized "call me" hand gesture made famous by pouty-mouthed debutantes and hollywood starlets -- aka "shaka" amongst surfers. As such, the microphone and speaker are split to ride the swell of the pinkie and thumb, respectively. Callers then draw a unique pattern on the touchscreen pre-assigned to their contacts to initiate a call. As far fetched as the concept may seem, work related to induction
charging, body area networks
for transmitting audio across human skin
, round LCDs
, and any number of short length wireless solutions
could very well make this concept a near-term reality. One more pic after the break. Update
: Oops, reader Michael just revealed a little uncredited design inspiration from IDEO
circa 2001. Now how does that expression go... something about great artists steal?