Digital convergence promises to make voice just another stream of data, increasing the difficulty of distinguishing a “phone” from a multipurpose portable computing device. Many designs coming down the pipeline today look like iPhones, with maybe a sliding keyboard thrown in. But Kyocera designer Susan McKinney’s Eos prototype for a trifold, wallet-size phone is a breath of fresh air. Its main feature when folded flat is a beautiful, large OLED display. When you unfold the upper third, however, a keyboard and screen present themselves. The device looks as elegant as anything designed by Apple, and the design seems closer to revolutionary than simply evolutionary. No word from Kyocera on whether (as the image above suggests) the Eos can also function as a lawn sprinkler attachment or an ant stake.
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