Mozilla Seabird Experiment

Update (September, 2010): Mozilla Seabird Experiment Provides 3D Projection for Smartphone Interface
eWeek reports: "Mozilla Sept. 23 took the covers off Seabird, an experimental 'Open Web' mobile phone concept created by product designer and Mozilla Labs community developer Billy May. Here's Mozilla's teaser: 'Drawing on insights culled from the Mozilla community through the project's blog, a focus quickly developed around frustrating physical interactions. While mobile CPUs, connectivity and development platforms begin approaching that of desktops, the lagging ability to efficiently input information has grown ever more pronounced.' In other words, get ready to stop text input and leverage innovation around motion capture and projector software used by mobile phone makers such as HTC, Motorola and Samsung. Maybe text input won't completely go away yet, but these new technologies will help users more efficiently access small mobile devices by projecting keyboards and applications on a range of surfaces. In this slide show, eWEEK runs through Mozilla Seabird."

  • Read about the project at
  • Designed by Billy May:
  • Notes on some of the concepts in video: 
    • A pico-projector in a in a commercial product phone showed up in the Samsung Galaxy Beam (2012).
    • The virtual keyboard concepts are based on two different technologies:
      • The virtual projection keyboard from IBM first invented in 1992.
      • DialKeys are an arc shaped virtual keyboards shipped on the Microsoft UMPC platform.