Nov 1, 2011

Lately there's a growing buzz around the interwebs:  flexible mobile devices.  It seems Nokia and Samsung are the main contenders in this upcoming breakthrough of technology.  Instead of the usual pinch and zoom on tablets, it's bend and zoom.  Pete Cashmore, CEO of Mashable covered the story on CNN on "Why Your Next Phone Might Be Bendable".

Nokia Kinetic

Like every new technology, this got mixed review from being excited to "I'm not feeling it as of now" and some more violent reactions. You know people nowadays, with much freedom and anonymity they practically say nasty things without consideration.

With this buzzing around, this brings me back to the Nokia Morph concept.

Nokia Morph

So what is the Nokia Morph concept?

Launched alongside The Museum of Modern Art “Design and The Elastic Mind” exhibition, the Morph concept device is a bridge between highly advanced technologies and their potential benefits to end-users. This device concept showcases some revolutionary leaps being explored by Nokia Research Center (NRC) in collaboration with the Cambridge Nanoscience Centre (United Kingdom) – nanoscale technologies that will potentially create a world of radically different devices that open up an entirely new spectrum of possibilities.
Morph concept technologies might create fantastic opportunities for mobile devices:

  • Newly-enabled flexible and transparent materials blend more seamlessly with the way we live
  • Devices become self-cleaning and self-preserving
  • Transparent electronics offering an entirely new aesthetic dimension
  • Built-in solar absorption might charge a device, whilst batteries become smaller, longer lasting and faster to charge
  • Integrated sensors might allow us to learn more about the environment around us, empowering us to make better choices

In addition to the advances above, the integrated electronics shown in the Morph concept could cost less and include more functionality in a much smaller space, even as interfaces are simplified and usability is enhanced. All of these new capabilities will unleash new applications and services that will allow us to communicate and interact in unprecedented ways.

Source:  Nokia Research Center:  Nokia Morph Concept

Sure it may sound ridiculously impossible and you may laugh at this concept now but do take time to review history. A lot of people laughed at the concept of wireless technology before. I'm pretty sure those people aren't laughing so hard today.

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