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Touchscreen Doodle Phones

The Depict Phone Lets You Draw to Dial

— May 10, 2011 — Tech
Phones would be a heck of a lot easier to use if they were designed like the Depict Phone. The Depict Phone is a conceptual telephone from designer Jang Jaeho that lets you call someone simply by writing down their name or drawing a picture.

The Depict Phone has an internal phonebook that can match names and shapes to numbers. Once you code a name and shape into the phone you can begin dialing without having to press any numbers. The result is a phone that actually looks like fun to use. The phone would be great for young children who may not be able to memorize seven-digit phone numbers, but can remember that daddy's phone can be called by drawing a square.
Trend Themes
1. Interactive Phone Interfaces - The trend towards phones with visual and hands-on ways to interact with technology.
2. Shape and Gesture Recognition - The trend towards phones that recognize and respond based on the user's drawing or gesture
3. User-centered Design - The trend towards designing technology to be intuitive and easy to use for all users, including children.
Industry Implications
1. Consumer Electronics - The industry could incorporate this technology into their products to create phones that are more user-friendly and appealing to a wider audience.
2. Education Technology - The industry can create phone-based educational apps that utilize the Depict Phone's unique handwriting recognition and shape recognition abilities.
3. Children's Toys and Games - The industry can incorporate similar technology into toys and games, creating interactive experiences that are both entertaining and educational.
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