An Origami Phone You Can Fold And Use

Photo: Weii Designs

Photo: Weii Designs

Via Inventor Spot:

The Origami Handset is a sublime expression of lightness crafted by Chengyuan Wei (魏呈远) of Weii Design.

Currently living and working in the city of Hangzhou, Wei has been putting his education at Zhejiang University to good use, designing a number of esthetically pleasing items such as a self-balancing, Segway-style scooter for the INNO company and the eco-friendly, solar powered Light Gap clock.

It’s Wei’s minimalist telephone handset, however, that perhaps most succinctly expresses the artist’s rejection of “a unified system… created by big commercial corporations.” After disassembling a telephone handset one day, Wei discovered that “all the functional parts only took a small space inside the handset. So I thought maybe I can design a unique handset which has a light and material-efficient structure.”

Looking at the Origami Handset, you can see that these kinds of electronic devices really have very few parts and most of those are comprised of thin, flat circuit boards. One realizes that these types of handsets could be much smaller than they have always been; the only things holding back miniaturization are issues of practicality.

[Continues at Inventor Spot]

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9 Responses to An Origami Phone You Can Fold And Use

  1. Nicholas Lowder June 3, 2011 at 11:34 pm #

    regular cell phones probably have thicker plastic casing surrounding the electromagnetic emitting electronics to limit the frequencies that affect the natural equilibrium of living cells.  Pretty soon the people who use these new phones will start having distorted elephant man-esque features which will become a normality, and asymmetrical appearing beings will be the new breed of beauty, just like that one outerlimits episode, except that idea has already been fictionalized so how dare I think outside the ruling of the measurer’s measurements, blasphemy, heresy, paranoid delusions, hang him!

  2. Nicholas Lowder June 3, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

    regular cell phones probably have thicker plastic casing surrounding the electromagnetic emitting electronics to limit the frequencies that affect the natural equilibrium of living cells.  Pretty soon the people who use these new phones will start having distorted elephant man-esque features which will become a normality, and asymmetrical appearing beings will be the new breed of beauty, just like that one outerlimits episode, except that idea has already been fictionalized so how dare I think outside the ruling of the measurer’s measurements, blasphemy, heresy, paranoid delusions, hang him!

  3. ArgosyJones June 4, 2011 at 12:22 am #

    Looks like a Maxi-Pad to me.

    • SF2K01 June 5, 2011 at 7:03 am #

      Another reason to be extra careful not to leave your phone in the bathroom…

  4. ArgosyJones June 4, 2011 at 4:22 am #

    Looks like a Maxi-Pad to me.

  5. ArgosyJones June 4, 2011 at 4:22 am #

    Looks like a Maxi-Pad to me.

  6. Blur June 5, 2011 at 3:26 am #

    so wheres the invisi-fone?

  7. Blur June 4, 2011 at 11:26 pm #

    so wheres the invisi-fone?

  8. Anonymous June 5, 2011 at 11:03 am #

    Another reason to be extra careful not to leave your phone in the bathroom…

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