naoto fukasawa: infobar for iida
 
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may 18, 2011

naoto fukasawa: infobar for iida

‘infobar A01 – nishikigoi’ android™ 2.3

it has been eight years since the release of the first-generation ‘infobar’ cell phone by japanese designer naoto fukasawa for mobile phone producer iida. collaborating together once again, the newest edition, ‘infobar A01’ references the formal DNA of the first-generation device, with the smartphone re-design exhibiting the same signature tile-like keys, hand fitting form and similar palette of colors as its predecessor.

‘infobar A01 – chocomint’ android™ 2.3

‘infobar A01 – hacca’ android™ 2.3

‘infobar A01 – kuro’ android™ 2.3

‘infobar A01’ profile views

possible interface configurations

the phone’s user interface has been developed by web and interface designer yuugo nakamura. the device’s home screen consists of a simple vertical window in which you can resize icons to press, hold and freely rearrange. there is also the section bar which makes it easy to organize your home screen, applications and widgets, whereby you can instantly move them to the location of your choice. ‘infobar A01’ runs on android™ 2.3 and will be available in july 2011.

‘infobar A01’ interface usage


‘infobar A01’ product overview
  • Why do all phones nowadays look like iphones?

    cj says:
  • will it be available in the US?

    laurie says:
  • Why do all phones nowadays look like iphones
    Why do all washing machines look simillar
    Why do all planes have wings
    Why do all pens have a pointy end
    Why do all cups have a hollow form to contain a volume.
    Why are all Gods omni present.
    Why does everything have to be compared to an iphone.

    g1nchy says:
  • Just a question: Where’s the keyboard?

    Jetwax says:
  • cj the text says this new infobar was based on the previous model from 8 years ago. The iPhone has only been around since 2007.

    g1nchy seems theres a lot of people who don’t delve into technology enough to realise there are other phones and MP3 players so just thanks to the marketing of Apple believe that Steve Jobs created all the devices they produce 1st and really are the best.

    JordanB2710 says:
  • Well said jordan, Many great phones been on the market in japan over the last 2 years. But they never get sold overseas so lot of people dont know about them. To me this looks better than the iPhone.

    iPunk says:
  • Get an iPhone 4.

    Nellson architect says:
  • Why do all phones nowadays look like iphones

    Why does everything have to be compared to an iphone.

    maybe… because of the striking resemblance?

    To say it is based on an 8 yr old model is ok, but have you seen that model? there is no relation between the earlier model and the iphone. So to suggest iida was first with this look…

    In MY eyes this design is just not new, fresh interesting enough for designboom.

    To understand me correct: I have never had any apple products and I am definetly not an Apple afficionado!

    cj says:
  • Why do all phones look like Iphone?
    Maybe because every competitors in this market use exactly the same technology, same screen same processor same battery, so they have exactly the same mechanical constrains, so they find the same solutions and this solution is in the form factor, a black block!
    More over if mobile manufacturers seems to be not so courageous in the design definition it’s because final consumer is a sheep and if a phone is not a copy of an Iphone he doesn’t buy it.
    Only HTC can try to be different but they’ve spent and the will continue to spent a lots of money a marketing, TV Add and so on…

    So at the end my feeling is that this one is nice quite far from an Iphone in term of design, and has a pretty nice UI.

    Alekz says:
  • If you have seen the second version of the infobar, you know this is not a copy, but the other way round.

    design says:
  • apparently, there’s a second revision out or coming this years!

    http://www.au.kddi.com/original-product/a02/

    would love to know whether you can get it outside japan and if it will work in european networks

    idleberg says:

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