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.