Working directly from community feedback, designer Billy Mays produced his concept smartphone, Seabird. Here's a visual tour.

One of the hottest concept phones to be unveiled recently hasn't come from HTC or any other smartphone manufacturer, for that matter.

The Seabird was developed by a designer Billy May in his spare time as part of a Mozilla Labs project.

The smartphone might never be produced. But the underlying concepts in the device - and inside May's head - are a wonder, nonetheless. We took a visual tour around the Mozilla Seabird.

Mozilla smartphone: Experiment

The Mozilla Seabird, part of the Mozilla Labs' Concept Series, is an experiment in how users might interact with their mobile content as devices and technology advances," May says.

Mozilla smartphone: Interaction


The Seabird "introduces a few possibilities into how user interaction might evolve with the advancing motion capture and projector driven innovation in the market". For example, a multi-use dongle might "augment the crowded gestural interface with greater precision and direct manipulation of content in 3D space."


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  1. Underlying concepts
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Working directly from community feedback, designer Billy Mays produced his concept smartphone, Seabird. Here's a visual tour.

Mozilla smartphone: Pico projector

Today's mobile projectors are open to "expanding user interaction and input at the same time," May says. "The Seabird, on just a flat surface, enables netbook-quality interaction by working with the projector's angular distortion to deliver interface, rather than content. With the benefit of a dock, each projector works independently and delivers laptop levels of efficiency."

Mozilla smartphone: Design

The form factor's development "took its cues from various aerodynamic, avian and decidedly feminine forms," May says. "Its erect posture intends a sense of poise while its supine conformity to the hand reconciles that with the user's desire for digital control. The curvature of the back also serves a functional role in elevating the projector lens elements when lying flat."

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Working directly off community feedback, designer Billy Mays produced his concept smartphone, Seabird. Here's a visual tour.

Mozilla smartphone: Community member

May is a community member in the Mozilla Labs community and created Seabird in his spare time. In early 2009, he produced a throw-away concept for this so-called Open Web Concept Phone.

"Working directly off of that community feedback, Billy has since finished the exploration with his concept, Seabird." This image shows the design process visually.

See also: Seabird concept phone designer: 'phones need better interfaces'

  1. Underlying concepts
  2. Pico projector
  3. Community member