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Mozilla Seabird community-inspired concept device

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Mozilla Seabird community-inspired concept device
Let's start by saying that this device is purely a concept, and Mozilla has no intention of producing it. The Mozilla Seabird is a product of the Mozilla Labs Concept Series, which is an open call to share ideas about improving the Internet, Mozilla, and its Firefox browser.

The Seabird is an 'Open Web Concept Phone' by Billy May, that has been refined by community feedback since its 2009 introduction. May describes the project as "an experiment in how users might interact with their mobile content as devices and technology advance." He also points out that while smarphones are nearing the speed of our desktops, "the lagging ability to efficiently input information has grown ever more pronounced."

May's concept involves utilizing motion capture and projector-driven innovations to make the user interface more like a desktop (without a clunky Bluetooth keyboard). The device would feature a dongle that could not only serve as a Bluetooth headset but as a navigational wand that could manipulate content in 3D space.

The device would also make use of emerging projector applications, in which the device would project its own display, as well as an infrared keyboard. The curvature of the device would also lend to an elevated display while the Seabird is laid on its back.

While we likely won't see anything like this for some time, it's exciting to think of the possibilities. What would you add or change?

source: Mozilla via Android Central

Mozilla Seabird community-inspired concept device
Mozilla Seabird community-inspired concept device


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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:48

1. Pings (Posts: 301; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


WOW!!! iPhone or any other phone eat your heart out... Skip the concept and start making these...

posted on 23 Sep 2010, 23:48

2. hmcougar09 (Posts: 137; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


That's a pretty sweet phone!

posted on 24 Sep 2010, 00:16

3. aaaaaass (unregistered)


I love the interface. What I want to know is where they hid the battery. The body is so slim that real life phone would require the whole thinned out section to be expanded to hold at east a 2200mAh battery, or plug it in.

posted on 24 Sep 2010, 09:48

4. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)


By the time this could be released, the multi core SOCs would have very little battery drain compared to modern smart phones and modern battery technology. I am all for virtual interface! In fact, the company who makes the best virtual interface in teh future will dominate all computer platforms as Microsoft has done with Windows today. This is a race to eliminate desktop computers entirely all wired networks entirely, and to be the dominant if not the one and only data platform...

posted on 24 Sep 2010, 15:30

5. Ant (unregistered)


The phone might be a concept for sure but there is a Mozilla icon on an android... The current Alpha needs a lot of work especially to reduce the package size...

posted on 24 Sep 2010, 16:02

6. cowsrockalot (Posts: 34; Member since: 02 Nov 2009)


suck it iPhone

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 16:19

7. box (unregistered)


I've seen a concept like this before, but this seems much more refined and user-friendly; the prior concept I saw used sensors to sense where each finger was in relation to the device, and then translate that into keyboard text input; I think it was a Palm or Blackberry concept from around 2002-2004...

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