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Design Demigod Tokujin Yoshioka Creates Transparent Cell Phone

The X-RAY is a totally new type of cell phone: one designed for pure aesthetic delight.

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.

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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.

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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.

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The phone will be released in mid-November. No details yet on price and availability Stateside.

For recent coverage of Yoshioka’s exquisite work, go here, here, and here.

[Images courtesy of Tokujin Yoshioka]

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Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D

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