LG has announced the winners of their 3rd Annual Design the Future Competition, which asked entrants to "define the future of mobile communication" via a design for a cell phone. Oddly, the press release does not include images of the winning design (done by Virginia Tech ID students Zack Filbert, Chris Carpenter, James Connors, and Kees Luyendijk) but does include runners up:
The second place winning entry - titled Premium - is a mobile phone with 3D interface that connects the phone and the car together to adjust in-car climate, control the infotainment system, select seat memory, check tire pressure, gauge the fuel amount, etc. It should come as no surprise that the winner, Nouphone Bansasine, is a professional car designer.
This year's competition marked the first-ever Prop Mater's Choice Award which was given to Dua Xiong for his cutting-edge design titled the Flutter. A smartphone that fans open to reveal a beautiful flexible OLED touch screen that scrolls radially, the Flutter has won the opportunity to be featured in future blockbuster film.
Participants submitted a wide range of ideas including accessories and concepts for the disabled. For example, an honorable mention - titled Atlas - is a smartphone that docks into a base which projected the pages, so you can view multiple applications simultaneously. The dock features a tracking system which senses your hand gestures, so you can spin the pages in a loop and zoom in and out.
Another honourable mention - titled Surface - is a watch phone for the blind and features a Braille keypad and a unique shape, so you can distinguish orientation of the phone by feel.