Maple Phone Concept is a Wooden Wonder

by Mark R

I want you to remove all innuendo while you read this dialogue.
“Hey is that some new type of cellphone in your pocket, or are you happy to see me?”
“Yes, that is a new cellphone in my pocket, and I got a woody.”

You see, the second guy has the concept phone that is made of wood, not a (ahem). Maybe I should quit while I’m behind here, but I’d rather just stay on task here and complete my article.

The Maple phone is the creation of a Korean team Hyun Jin Yoon and Eun Hak Lee, and it definitely challenges the notion that all our phones must be made of plastic. The phone also has touch sensitive keypads and even has a camera.

Well, with those features, it can’t be completely made of wood. I just can’t imagine how the touchpad keys work on the wooden frame.

However, since wood is a very natural and renewable resource, I can see it being used for very environmental purposes. However, why stop there? Let’s make some wooden plasma screens, laptops, or MP3 Players.

Well, we will see where this goes. Right now, it looks more like a block of wood with some red numbers taped to it, along with a big sticker for a screen. The image on the right with the “keyboard” looks like a projection made by a laser.


2 reviews or comments

Corli Joubert Says: August 6, 2008 at 12:41 am

I know there is a laptop made of bamboo, I think it is a Dell concept. Also the designer Ross Lovegrove built a bicycle with its frame made of bamboo, quite interesting as bamboo is much more renewable than hardwood or softwood.

tabi Says: August 11, 2008 at 9:31 am

Are you familiar with the book by William Gibson IDORU? in it one of the characters has a “sandbenders” machine, sort of a futuristic laptop. made of shells, wood and more…

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