Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka is exactly the guy you’d expect to come up with a cell phone that could almost pass for art. He has made a table look like a giant ice cube and a chair look like crumpled tinfoil.
The X-RAY for the Japanese company KDDI is an ultra-thin, transparent clamshell phone that, as the name suggests, looks like it was frothed up in the radiology department. All the electronic components — the PC board, the integrated circuits — are beautifully exposed. The result is a totally new type of cell phone that elevates design beyond clever shapes and interfaces to pure aesthetic delight.
Yoshioka explains his concept: “I have pondered a design without a shape…. I came to reach an idea of ?designing from inside.?”
It comes in a red, blue or black case, reminding us a bit of the original candy-colored iMacs.
It’s got a long LED sub-display that lights up with assorted data: the time, e-mail alerts, and so on.
It also has a stand that makes the phone appear to float in mid-air.
The phone will be released in mid-November. No details yet on price and availability Stateside.
[Images courtesy of Tokujin Yoshioka]