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As part of the ongoing AU Design Project, Japanese communications company AU recently unveiled some promising new concepts for future phones. The AU Design Project is a department of AU responsible for making phones that are, well, just way way sexier than anything else on the market. The AU Design Project gave Japan such coveted phones as the Talby and the Penck, so whenever new concepts come along from them, people tend to sit up and take notice. And drool a lot.

More photos and details after the jump...


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First up is the curiously-named "Media Skin" by designer Tokujin Yoshioka, whose credits include work for Issey Miyake, Hermes and Bang & Olufsen. Deliciously slim, with an elegant, minimalist feel and an iPod nano-esque scratch-attracting screen. I'm probably not alone when I say that if this ever makes it to production, I would gladly sell body parts to own it. Well, not my own body parts.

AU also introduced concepts by design team Waterdesignscope. The "Machina" and "Hexagon" are both slightly more abstract in shape, with the Machina also — I'm assuming — capable of random acts of homicide thanks to the designer's choice to include a HAL 9000 in every handset.


Introducing the Media Skin, the Machina and the Hexagon (Japanese site) [AU KDDI]
The AU Design Project (English) [AU KDDI]
AU Design Project Prototypes - a rundown of past concepts (English) [AU KDDI]

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