Lumia 360 Concept
*UPDATE new colors added
The two big issues people always seem to have with mobile gaming are there aren't any physical controls and your fingers cover the screen. Phones like the Xperia Play tried to solve this but it was too much of a dedicated device for a smartphone. Then you have devices like the Kyocera Echo that give you dual screens, but that's a battery hog. So the answer would be to have something that can dynamically shift like another screen but is thinner and more power friendly.
My idea was to take something called black panel (Audi uses it in their MMI touch). It's basically a backlit touchpad that in Audi's implementation can show numbers for radio presets, act as a touch pad to scroll around the navigation map, and recognizes hand writing for destination entry.
My implementation would see it being used as a type of gamepad. Now this wouldn't solve the issue of physical tactile controls, but it would give a dedicated area freeing up your screen (*just so you know Audi is already working on the next generation of this that would give you tactility allowing you to feel the menus so it's possible this could allow you to feel buttons and a slide pad of sorts).
Though that would solve the control issue it would just fall into the same trap as the Xperia Play being too dedicated to one task, no one wants a thicker device if it doesn't do more. So there are other functions like manipulating media playback. My dream was to have it project a play/pause and next track button and while I'm not exactly sure of the limitations of this tech, I've never seen it project more than barrier lines and numbers. So i scratched that and decided it could still do these things you just wouldn't have visuals, think of it as a gesture pad.
For music playback you'd tap anywhere on the pad to play and pause, to skip a track you'd swipe right, to go back swipe left.
For video the width of the pad would represent a 30 second block of the video. So drag your finger from left to right and you'd scrub through 30 seconds. Then repeat the motion for another 30.
*Fun fact this is actually pretty similar to the patent Microsoft filed for a phone with switchable trays. I feel they both try to solve the same issue, we just took different approaches. While I think the switchable trays are a neat idea, I don't see anyone carrying around multiple trays to manipulate different functions of their phone. I think of it as carrying around a bunch DS cartridges (which I personally have no issue with, but there are people who would).
The phone's physical dimensions are that of the Nokia E7, it has the old pillow shape of the 900, and the black trim, curved glass, and charging port placement of the 920. The phone is basically a throwaway since no one needs to tell Nokia how to build a phone, but when I thought of the idea I always envisioned it as a Nokia phone. The few semi major changes I made are the hinge and headphone jack placement. The reasoning for the headphone placement was so you could play while using headphones, if I had placed it in the middle it felt it would've have been too awkward to hold. Then the way I changed the hinge is I made it more HTC Touch Pro 2 like, instead of an automatic tilting display I chose to make it manually tilting. The reasoning was so you could choose if you wanted it tilted or not, the tilt maybe good for a movie but not a game (*note the screen tilts at a 45 degree angle).
So I'd love to read your opinions or what I could improve on. Also I apologize for the format I indented even wrapped my text around the Xbox Music image but it doesn't show up how it does in the editor when I preview it.
Here's a link to the gallery not all images were posted here. There is an image of a scrapped keyboard in there, the reason it was scrapped is because I'm not actually sure it's possible due to the limitations of the black panel.
*UPDATED: I could not believe I forgot the alternate colors! I threw in white, black, orange, and a not so great yellowish green.