One way to get new ideas for future phone is to sponsor a design course… that’s what RIM did. Designers Kiki Tang and Daniel Yoon from the Art Center College of Design created a concept phone called “Blackberry Empathy”. It’s has a diamond like design but the guts of the device has the ability to detect your mood and your contacts mood. This comes with its own biometrics ring and checks your heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature but changes colour depending on your mood. As for specs, it has an OLED touchscreen with a physical keyboard on the back.
According to the description:
“It is of course touch based and all the user’s connections are shown graphically so you can see who is connected to whom. Each contact has an avatar that is encompassed by two colored rings. The inner colored ring shows the contact’s previous emotional state, and the outer ring represents the contact’s current emotional state. It is important to show the shift in emotions in order to see how an event has affected that contact.
Another important feature that we felt was important was the “Emotional Health Chart”. This chart would monitor the user’s emotional health through an indefinite period of time. One would be able to see how a certain event, or phone call/ message has affected the user. Obviously, if the chart shows someone is always upset, there would be a problem… If permitted, a user would be able to view other user’s charts as well.”
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