The Mozilla Phone is an experiment in the open-source development of a conceptual phone.  Put in motion by Aza Raskin of Mozilla Labs as part of its Concept Series, the project is led by Billy May as well as the combined insight of all those with an idea and a keyboard (and maybe a Wacom).  While some of the problems will deal with industrial design, a great deal of the focus will be put on physical interface issues and basic user-phone interaction.

As a contributing editor of Yanko Design, I see multitudes of concept phones on their way through the ‘tubes and while some offer good insight, a great many laden the object with fantastical technologies, discarding meaningful constraints along the way.  Personally, I’m a fan on constraints, (us designers wouldn’t have jobs without ‘em); so while no ideas will ever be snubbed, the final product will attempt to function in the reality of today.

3 Responses to “About the Mozilla Phone”

  1. zigue75 Says:

    Les caractéristiques d’un nouveau téléphone pour moi devraient être les suivantes :
    poids léger, écran maximum d’où clavier virtuel et écran tactile, autonomie, même en utilisation intense d’au moins douze heures, système de recharge des batteries léger et portable sur soi (on peut recharger un appareil où que l’on se trouve mais si le câble et la prise ne sont pas de la taille actuelle), ouverture aux applications tierces (IPhone ou Blackberry), notamment pour utiliser des services spécifiques, rapidité dans les connexions et débits d’information sur le net, appareil communicant hors connexion téléphonique avec d’autres (téléphones, ordinateurs, consoles…), capacités photo et vidéo stabilisées et les plus performantes possibles, d’où possibilité d’insérer des cartes mémoires puissantes, fonctions radio et télévision optimisées, GPS piéton et voiture…
    Mes amitiés au Père Noël

  2. swap38 Says:

    It seems that you are not aware about Openmoko (http://openmoko.org).

    Yes, the first Open Smartphone already exists since july ’08 and it’s called Neo Freerunner.

    It’s a real powerful and open source hardware platform you can use right now for your project.

    PS : you can re-design the shape if you don’t like it. Everything is open, including the CAD files !

  3. swap38 Says:

    sorry for the bad managed link, here is a good one :

    http://openmoko.org

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