This rather unusual phone, made from African Blackwood, is the brainchild of Hyun Jin Yoon and Eun Hak Lee. Whilst some bizarrely-designed phones are slightly behind the times, in terms of its functions, the Maple Phone is advanced enough to offer a camera and an MP3 player built in.
The best feature of the phone is the fact that when slid shut, it looks no more extravagant than a rather chunky piece of wood. How comfortable this will be when in your pocket is questionable, but it’s a pretty good security measure – I’ve never heard of anyone getting their plank of wood stolen in a busy London street late at night, whereas a phone / camera / MP3 player is somewhat more at risk.
No price or release date has yet been revealed, so start saving the pennies if you want to look forward to picking splinters out of your ears.