In the realm of anticipating a Tesla phone, designer Antonio De Rosa diverges from the collective wishful thinking, offering a visionary alternative in the form of the Object-X. Stepping away from the conventional expectation of a Tesla-branded device, De Rosa envisions a smartphone revolving around a company with a more established foothold in the smartphone arena. The Object-X, a microblogging aficionado’s dream gadget, boasts a dedicated display solely for Twitter, allowing users to seamlessly engage with the platform, receive notifications, send tweets, and even access their Tesla through the rear display. The innovative inclusion of an X-shaped camera bump adds a distinctive touch to the design.
Acknowledging the recent trajectory of the company and its founder, the Object-X may not cater to everyone’s preferences. Nevertheless, viewed as a conceptual and design exercise, it stands out as a remarkable piece of hardware. Drawing inspiration from Elon Musk’s diverse ventures, the phone incorporates features ranging from social media integration to Tesla connectivity, AI-driven computational photography, and enhanced communication through Tesla SpaceLink.
The front of the Object-X boasts a 6.9-inch screen, adorned with a slightly asymmetrical design and a distinctive sharper corner on the bottom right. An X button, serving dual purposes as an Action Button, empowers users to initiate actions such as launching the social media app, starting their Tesla, or engaging with Grok, the ‘free speech’ AI chatbot associated with X. While the phone may not share the same metallic composition as the Cybertruck, it sparks imaginations about the potential convergence of Tesla’s distinctive design elements.
The rear display steals the spotlight as the Object-X’s most visually striking feature, catering specifically to Twitter enthusiasts. While its compact size may not be conducive to typing, it excels in facilitating tasks such as browsing tweets, retweeting, checking notifications, and liking tweets directly from the feed. A convenient sidebar allows users to toggle seamlessly between Twitter and Tesla applets, enabling actions like locating the car, auto-parking, unlocking, or remotely starting the vehicle.
For those unimpressed by the secondary display, the quad-camera system takes center stage. Configured in the shape of the X logo, these cameras are enhanced by Twitter’s GROK AI, promising stellar image processing capabilities. Covering a diverse range of scenarios, the four cameras, complemented by a central flash for low-light photography, contribute to the Object-X’s photographic prowess.
While the Object-X remains firmly in the realm of concept, prioritizing exploration over immediate feasibility, it sparks contemplation about the potential future of smart devices. The notion of entrusting Elon Musk with a device privy to personal information may raise skepticism, yet it resonates with Musk’s knack for capturing consumer attention and pushing boundaries. As the Cybertruck’s substantial preorders linger with no clear delivery date, it becomes evident that Musk’s visions continue to captivate consumers, hinting at a willingness to invest in his imaginative pursuits.