I’m beginning to think creating DS redesigns is my only real form of relaxation.
I’ve been thinking of different ways to hide the controls. The flip-out and slider ideas were pretty obvious, but I wanted to try a rotation-based design. Based on the small amount of other consumer goods that use rotation (I can only think of a Motorola mobile phone) I figure that it’s fairly difficult to come up with something that would work.
Aside from the rotation, the rest of the design is clearly iPod inspired. I like how the screens on the new iPods are pretty much invisible when not illuminated and thought that something similar could make be used to “hide” one of the DS screens when not in use.
A few more notes. The stylus, power, volume, headphone jack, and DS game card (/SD card) slot are at the top of the unit. Recharge port is at the bottom (so that a charging cradle could be used). Since DS has wifi, this could be used as a streaming media viewer.
This is the original version had a couple of things wrong with it. Since the current DS touchpad can only pick up one contact at a time, the “gameboy advance game with virtual controls” is highly unlikely. Also, the screens were supposedly completely invisible when not turned on. This was probably a little too perfect.