Laser-printed paper, urethane, and Xcode, Flash, and Photoshop software
9 1/2 x 6 1/4 x 1 3/8" (24 x 16 x 3.5 cm)
Kodansha Ltd., Japan
Designers at Mobile Art Lab, a research center that focuses on mobile-phone content (part of Dentsu, a large Japanese advertising agency), launched the PhoneBook project with the aim of finding new ways to connect parents and children using the iPhone. This hybrid of digital and analog technology— a mobile application specifically designed to interact with a story read in a physical book (the version shown here is Work, Work!)—has potential for all sorts of interactions in the future, from educational tools to commercial products.