Update: Welcome StumbleUponers. It’s crazy that this design is still getting interest after almost four years. You might also want to check out the 3D animation someone put together a couple of years ago!
Yet another redesign. This one is obviously inspired by the (fairly) recently announced controller for the Nintendo Revolution.
Less obviously, it’s also inspired by a really cool digital clock I used to have that would open in much the same way. It made a very satisfying “clik-clak” sound when opening or closing because the screen would sort of flick up and click into place.
I’m fairly confident that this isn’t a plausible design for the next DS, but I think it looks pretty cool. It was also another opportunity to develop my digital art skills (design in Inkscape and touch-up in GIMP).
I’ve got some sketches from different angles but they aren’t as interesting. I’m not sure if I will take the time to make them look all fancy and shiny as well. Check them out after the jump.
Whenever playing games on the DS I feel like the shoulder buttons are too high, so I put them a little bit down the back of the unit. I wanted to make sure that the unit could be recharge while closed, so there is a hole in the top-left of the outside case so that the power cable socket is accessible. I’d probably put a rubber cover (like those used in mobile phones) over that.
Update: I know this is technically implausible, please don’t bother commenting just to point that out!
Update: Personally, I far prefer my iPod inspired redesign. I think it looks better and is something they could actually make. 😛