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Futuristic mobile concepts

Updated 1724 GMT (0124 HKT) December 3, 2013
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In September Samsung released the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Users can make hands-free calls directly from the Gear, as well as dictate e-mail, set alarms and check the weather solely with their voices. AFP/Getty Images
Google Glass may seem like a novelty right now but the wearable gadget could soon be saving some companies millions of dollars per year. Smartglasses will be particularly useful for workers who need to use both hands to complete complex tasks, such as c onducting surgery or fixing a car. Here, a woman tests a pair of Google glasses equiped with LIS (Italian Sign Language - 'Linguaggio Italiano dei Segni') capabilities. AFP/Getty Images
For American designer Michael Laut, the Radia concept phone is all about simplicity: Sleek, circular, transparent, touch-sensitive and small enough to slide in his top pocket. Courtesy Michael Laut
Russian designer Ilshat Garipov's Kambala phone has a centerpiece that can be popped out and used to clip the phone to the ear. This phone has the camouflage qualities of a chameleon: As an earpiece it changes color to imitate your skin. Courtesy Ilshat Garipov
The Philips Fluid concept phone by Brazilian designer Dinard de Mata has a bendy organic light-emitting diode, which means it can be wrapped around the wrist as a watch or bracelet or used like a regular mobile phone. Courtesy Dinard da Mata
Ukrainian designer Aleksandr Mukomelov's Mobile Script phone has one traditional touchscreen and one extendable, flexible screen that stiffens with electric current, perfect for watching films and sending emails. Courtesy Mukomelov Studio
Shikun Sun's DrawBraille phone uses braille finger pads and a display screen with mechanically-raised dots to facilitate communication for the visually impaired. Yanko Design/Shikun Sun
Russian designer Kamil Izrailov's multi-faceted Mobikoma is made from multiple blocks that fasten together with micro locks. Each block can then be used individually or collectively as a phone or tablet. Yanko Design/Kamil Izrailov
The Rollerphone by Alexey Chugunnikov is a futuristic watch with a retractable transparent screen at the base. The screen unfurls to the tip of your fingers making it a perfect fit between ear and mouth. Courtesy Alexey Chugunnikov
Jinyoung Choi's iPhone Pro concept was designed with photography aficionados in mind. It comes with a detachable DSLR lens, speaker/microphone and projector. Yanko Design/Jinyoung Choi
At first glance Ryan Harc's Maple Phone is nothing but a block of wood. But, sensitive to touch, it transforms into a sleek mobile phone with slide-out display, mp3 player and digital camera. Courtesy Harc Lee
If Facebook made a phone this is what Polish industrial designer Michal Bonikowski thinks it should look like. It features a front and back camera, Facebook home button as well as a Facebook cloud storage service, that could offer up to 100GB of space. Courtesy Yanko Design/Michal Bonikowski
This mobile phone-cum-projector by Italian designer Stefano Casanova has a rotatable screen with a micro-light projector that allows users to view their display on any flat surface. Courtesy Stefano Casanova
Beyond the big brands, designers are also creating unusual ideas for future mobile tech. Korean designer Seunggi Baek's Bubble Phone has a full-length touchscreen on one side and a raised bubble keypad on the reverse. The screen is transparent so users can flip the phone and use it whichever way they want.
Compiled by Monique Rivalland
Courtesy Yanko Design/Seunggi Baek