Thursday, February 28, 2008

Concept Phone: Nokia Reseach Center & Cambridge Univ. Develops "Morph"

Nokia Research Center (NRC) and the University of Cambridge (UK) has announced the development of Morph, a concept mobile phone. What is innovative about the phone is that it is flexible and bendable.

Nokia says that the new phone is an example of how future mobile devices might be stretchable and flexible, allowing the user to transform their mobile device into radically different shapes. Further, Morph features flexible materials, transparent electronics and self-cleaning surfaces.

Dr. Bob Iannucci, Chief Technology Officer, Nokia, stated, “Nokia Research Center is looking at ways to reinvent the form and function of mobile devices; the Morph concept shows what might be possible”.

“We hope that this combination of art and science will showcase the potential of nanoscience to a wider audience. The research we are carrying out is fundamental to this as we seek a safe and controlled way to develop and use new materials,”commented Dr. Tapani Ryhanen, Head of the NRC Cambridge UK laboratory, Nokia

Morph is a good example of usage of nanotechnology which might lead to offer high-end mobile phones integrate few elements of the concept phone. Also Nokia hopes that the development of Morph will lead to low-cost devices with more functionality and smaller sizes.

Morph will be exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City from February 24 to May 12, as part of the “Design and the Elastic Mind” exhibition.

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