Prototype Phone Shifts Weight and Thickness, Right In Your Hand

What if your phone wasn't a stagnant box with optional vibration, but a mechanism that responded to your touch like a living being? Well, designer Fabian Hemmert has created such a phone—albeit in early prototype form.

During his presentation from TEDxBerlin, Hemmert demonstrates how simple mechanical functions could add a level of tangibility that's completely missing from the phones of today. Imagine a moving icon that has a shifting yet subconscious weight in your hand, or an eBook that shrinks thinner as you have less pages remaining.

Hemmert's demos are unwieldy, for sure, and I'm not so sure these technologies could be readily miniaturized. But I'd certainly love to watch as someone tried. [information aesthetics via Engadget]