Here and Now with Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Beyond The iPhone: From ‘Roundphone’ To Screenless Smartphone

Will a “Roundphone” be the smartphone of the future?

Apple’s big announcement in San Francisco Wednesday got us thinking: What will the smart phone of the future look like?

Just as the iPhone revolutionized how cell phones look and how we use them, new technology could one day transform smart phones into something completely different.

The global marketing company eYeka launched a contest, asking its crowdsourcing community to come up with the smartphone of the future.

Some of the entries included a phone made of flexible material that could be folded up to the size of a credit card and expanded to the size of a tablet computer. Future cell phones could also be transparent, or the size of a large button that projects holograms.

While some of these phones are still just on the drawing board, much of the technology already exists to bring these futuristic cell phones to the marketplace.


  • Joel Cere, of the website eYeka

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

October 8 128 Comments

Michael Bloomberg Takes Climate Fight To Cities

New York's former mayor and Vancouver's mayor Gregor Robertson are pushing for climate change policies at the city level.

October 8 4 Comments

John Fogerty Talks Creedence, And Life After

He was the creative force behind one of the biggest bands in the world, Creedence Clearwater Revival.

October 7 234 Comments

Lawsuit Challenges Transgender Locker Room Access At Planet Fitness

We hear a counterargument to our conversation earlier this week about how to accommodate transgender people in gyms.

October 7 12 Comments

‘I Drive Your Truck’ Songwriter Now Drives Her Brother’s Truck

Like the real-life story that inspired her hit song, Connie Harrington now drives a pickup truck to remember a loved one who died.