Being the Apple fan that I am, I have come across several concepts the various people have created (digitally). After looking through them all, I have selected just three that would be awesome if Apple were to actually make them. It is unlikely that any of these products will see the light of day, but there is some really great designers out there.
The three I have selected to show here are as follows:
- Apple iPod Nano Coin
- Apple QuickTake Camera
- Apple iPod Shuffle 2020
Apple iPod Nano Coin [Source]
There isn’t a great deal of information on this concept, but certainly a nice idea. I would certainly consider purchasing one of these, if they were to be released by Apple.
Apple QuickTake Camera
I am an avid photographer, which you will see many of my pictures posted here. I mainly focus on Landscape Photography. The one thing I would like to see, is Apple create a Digital SLR type camera… I know that they [Apple] are focusing on getting the best possible optics into their latest iterations of iPhone, but with the kind of features available in iOS, it could be interesting to see what they would come up with on a Digital SLR.
Do you remember this?
This is the Apple QuickTake 200, which Apple introduced to the world. There was only three QuickTake models that Apple produced between 1994 and 1997, and despite the insides being manufactured by Kodak and Fujifilm which were one of the worlds best manufacturers of Cameras at the time.
It only had a 0.3 Megapixel resolution, but for 1994 that was too bad.
We are all used to Apple’s products being much more expensive than it’s rivals and it was no exception in 1994, The QuickTake’s price ranged from $600 to $750, which may have been its demise.
…Now a designer named Joseph Dumary [Source] – has come up with a concept that could be a possibility to bring the QuickTake back to life. There is only one or two issues with this design, and I will tell you what they are after I have shown you his ideas.
- Never seen before design using glass and recycled aluminum
- Long battery life
- Graphic interface (GUI) looks like an iPad with full touch screen
- It also supports GPS, Wi-Fi, Airprint, Airplay, Photobooth, auto modes, strong Edit modes, autofocus (AF), HD speakers, automatic upload to Youtube, Flickr
Microphone and Voice Control
- The Quicktake is the first smart digital camera
- It includes a microphone that can record HD sound
- Voice Control lets you take pictures or choose the options
- Voice control also allows to settle the device according to the modes
- Camera lens takes 32 MP, 1080P videos without compression
- This is the first rotating camera lens in the world
- Slow motion video
- 3D panorama mode
- Burst mode at 60 frames per second
- Image stabilization
- Smile detection and tracking of the eyes
- Anti blur mode
- Integrated LED flash units operate independently
Retina Mini Cinema HD touchscreen with IPS technology
- Extra wide screen can be swiveled 360°
- Take self-portrait
- Once you have rotated the screen, the device goes into portrait mode by default
- The Touch HD screen is LED back-lit
- An ambient light sensor adjusts the screen brightness automatically
- Zoom with your fingers like smartphones
- This feature lets you group photos based on several criteria, faces, dates taken, places etc.
- You can take pictures based on those previously taken, which simplifies the settings
- Battery charged with 30 pin dock connector from Apple
Designer: Joseph Dumary
This new take on the QuickTake is certainly comprehensive, and has some really great features. As I said at the start of the article, I would like to see a take on a Digital SLR which this isn’t. Unless you are a professional photographer working for the worlds best magazines or fashion houses, a normal consumer does not need 32 Megapixels.
I might be wrong, but by the look of the other pictures, the shutter release appears to be on the left hand side of the camera. If you look at any camera on the market today, it is always on the right (no offense to those that are left handed) but the majority of the world are right-handed.
Still an excellent concept, and would like to see some of these features incorporated into a Digital SLR by Apple.
Apple iPod Shuffle 2020 [Source]
It has always amazed me that, despite many companies, including Apple coming up with really small media players, that we are still using the traditional earphones (I know what you are going to say… that is because it works, why re-invent something that simply works).
Media players and mobile telephones are getting smaller and smaller everyday and I don’t think it will be long before we have a device similar to a blue-tooth headset that incorporates everything, allowing us to listen to music and talk on the phone completely hands-free.
So I think the concept of José Ignacio Martínez, is certainly a unique take on the iPod Shuffle.
The concept and brand criteria is based on:
- Unlimited music and battery capacity
- Simple device (no need of earphones, docks, chargers or cables)
The user’s music in his iTunes account will be sent through 3G Internet to the iPod Shuffle2020 inner receptor.
The iPod Shuffle2020 will be automatically updated every time the user turns it on, it will always be in sync with all the music the user has in his computer, no matter how many GBs… The battery will also automatically react to the 3G waves and charge itself, that way the iPod will never get a low battery as long as it is in use.
- iPod Shuffle2020 works with HyperSoundSystem technology.
- Directed ultrasound waves that travel straight to the inner ear (the device calculates the distance to both ears). The user will hear his music without any earphones (HyperSoundSystem can only be heard by the one who stands right in front of the directed ultrasound wave).
- The iPod Shuffle2020 has a microphone that receives the exterior sound/noises and eliminates them with destructive interference. The user only hears his music, not what surrounds him. If he also needs to hear everything else besides the music, he can set the microphone to partially eliminate the surrounding sound or he can pause the device.
As other Apple products, the iPod Shuffle2020 is very intuitive thanks to MultiTouch tecnology:
- To turn on and play, the user has to push the Power button once
- To play the next song, he has to push and hold the Power button
- To go back: push twice
- To pause or turn off push once again
- To turn the volume up or down: slide the finger up or down the TouchPad
- To hold, press down the Hold button
iPod Shuffle2020 talks to the user and tells him/her the song and artist he/she is listening to with Apple’s VoiceOver technology.
Let me have your thoughts in the comment section below. What do you think of the concepts I have shown in this article? Have you come across something else that you think should be researched?