An experiment in free thinking happens every day at art schools, in the cramped workspaces of independent designers and in electronics vendors' R&D labs, where designers dream up concepts for tomorrow's mobile devices and other gadgets. How about a phone that twists into a wristwatch, or a laptop that lets you flip through files by bending the edge of the screen?
These 12 concept designs offer a sneak peek at some intriguing blue-sky ideas for future devices, not necessarily what's feasible. While most will never become shipping products, they show where computing might be heading in coming years as advanced materials and production methods arrive. If you’re looking for the next big thing in electronics, it could be right here.