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Photos: Mobiles of the future

Say Hello! to the next generation of devices...
By Jo Best, Contributor on
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Say Hello! to the next generation of devices...

Students at Central St Martins College of Art and Design in London have been coming up with designs for the biggest selling phone of 2015.

This device, by Nicola Reed, is a 3G phone with the dimensions of a credit card and is intended to be worn around the neck.

It's green-themed and environmentally friendly - after analysing its user's day-to-day impact on the planet, the climate conscious are rewarded with free calls and texts.

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This design, called Scentsory, by Kimberly Hu, brings aromatherapy to a mobile, allowing users to share scents with each other, as well as other ambient experiences such as lighting.

With its origami-like folding mechanism, the phone can take the form of an envelope or a traditional, thin candy bar phone.

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Sungjoo Kim's Hello! Phone is designed to breathe new life into outdated mobiles.

Old school phones can be slotted into the cradle, which acts as an extension of the device. The set-up could, for instance, give users access to new services including home security applications, where pictures taken by a camera phone are broadcast to the Hello!'s owner via the web.

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This device, the Nokia 111, won its designer Dan Meyer an internship with Nokia.

Based on the conceit of travellers who would keep a locket holding a family picture on their bedside, this device swivels to become a picture frame when it's not being used.

Its swivelling shape also means it can be placed on a table during video calls to simulate normal eye contact.

All of the devices and designs are now on show at the Air Gallery in London.

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This phone, from student Hannah Nuttall, is made for the blogophile.

Each device has three possible form factors - two of which can be seen here: the open book and the slider; the third form is the candy bar.

The pen input and camera are intended to make it easier for inveterate bloggers to make postings while out and about.

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