NEC reveals Flask Cell Phones, running on fuel cells and pure beauty

You can tell fuel cells are just about to hit it big. There are toy cars (and real cars) that run on the things, and heck, they might even be safe enough to take on an airplane. NEC wants to get in on the act, too, showing off its fuel cell chops with this Flask Cell Phone, looking more like a cigarette lighter than a phone of the future.

The clear container has a touchscreen display on one side, and it’s the fuel (probably ethanol) that gives the clear-plastic phone those pretty pastel colors—you might be able to pick more manly colors of the liquid in your phone. Scant details were available about anything else, but NEC says these beauties will ship sometime this year.

Chip Chick, via Engadget