Photos: Bendy, waterproof phones and door-opening devices - Nokia's mobile future on show

Photos: Bendy, waterproof phones and door-opening devices - Nokia's mobile future on show

Summary: Nokia gives sneak peek of research work at Nokia World...

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  • Nokia World Nokia Research Kinetic phone flexible

    Nokia gives sneak peek of research work at Nokia World...

    Nokia has been giving visitors to its Nokia World conference a peek at some of the future-gazing work coming out of its research labs.

    Among the developments on show was this flexible mobile device known as Kinetic. The prototype is made from a flexible material containing a multitude of sensors to support a user interface based on bend gestures.

    Photo: Natasha Lomas/silicon.com

  • Nokia World Nokia Research Kinetic phone flexible

    The prototype supports zooming in and out by flexing the device in and out, corners can be bent to go back and forward and the device can be twisted to select items in lists.

    A Nokia spokeswoman said the company is exploring how a bend-based UI could be used in concert with a touchscreen UI, rather than as a replacement for touchscreen interaction.

    Photo: Natasha Lomas/silicon.com

  • Nokia World Nokia Research carbonanotubes

    Nokia also showed off some of its nanotech research.

    Pictured above at the front of the table are two flexible prototypes containing carbon nanotubes. Since the electrical properties of carbon nanotubes alter when they are stretched, flexing or pressing on the prototypes changes the electrical output - in this case they are using the conductivity change to zoom in and out of the map displayed on the monitor.

    Future applications for this type of tech could include mobile devices that can be interacted with by holding, flexing and pressing on them, according to Nokia.

    Photo: Natasha Lomas/silicon.com

Topic: Mobility

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