Turing, named for the famous mathematician and computer scientist, has had a troubled run developing and releasing smartphones. Several attempts crashed on the runway but in 2018, shortly after filing bankruptcy, the company made a final (at least so far) attempt at releasing a phone — and it was a doozy.
The HubblePhone, named after the famed space telescope, had a three-screen clamshell design that allowed one of the screens to swivel out in various directions. The unique design meant that it could be used in a number of configurations, including something resembling a laptop and a handheld video camera. It also boasted a frankly ludicrous number of high-end functions including artificial reality, AI, and mobile game console capabilities, just to name a few.
At the time of its announcement, the HubblePhone was little more than a prototype set for release in 2020. Like previous efforts from Turing, the HubblePhone never manifested, but if the concept images were any indicator, it might have been a game changer. Although, it would have set you back $2,749 for the privilege. Here’s hoping the brand’s next effort, if there is one, is more successful.