Skip to main content

Mozilla Reveals Seabird "Community" Firefox Phone

Mozilla Labs came up wtih an impressive looking mobile phone concept that it calls Seabird or as Bill May, the guy who came up with the concept back in 2009, puts it an "open web concept phone".

The organisation has already confirmed that it has no intention of producing a mobile phone and is instead concentrating on delivering Firefox for Mobile for Maemo and Android.

Seabird (opens in new tab) is an idea rather than a product bound for production and involves an OS based on Android (à la Facebook), a 8-megapixel camera, two side pico-projectors (45 lumens at 960x600 pixels) that project a keyboard on a plain surface, wireless charging (by induction of course) and even an embedded Bluetooth dongle.

We're not sure about the design though because Mozillalabs thinks that "decidedly feminine forms" with an "erect posture" would be a good idea. While it does provide with a built-in stand (no kickstand here), it will not suit everyone's need.

It may use a docking station as well which doubles as a charger (like Palm's touchstone) and would allow Seabird to project a full keyboard to enable "netbook-quality interaction".

Amongst other features proposed in the video, we've noted audio jack, mini USB, Bluetooth handset (that allows panning and zooming in 3D space), haptic clicking and IR tracking.

As a bonus, there's even a 3D version of the video below here (opens in new tab).

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.