Photos: Inside Nokia's R&D labs - a look at the future of mobile?

Photos: Inside Nokia's R&D labs - a look at the future of mobile?

Summary: From bendy phones to indoor navigation...

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  • Nokia R&D

    At Nokia World 2011 in October, the Finnish handset manufacturer's big reveal was its Windows Phone-based Lumia 800.

    But there was another device at the show that grabbed a lot of attention - the Nokia Kinetic Device. Using a system of carbon nanotubes and a flexible elastomer, the concept gadget features a flexible display that you bend and twist to navigate through menus and perform tasks.

    Photo: James Martin/CNET

  • Nokia R&D

    In its demo, Nokia showed how the Kinetic Device could be used for photo galleries and music collections. In the previous photo, bending the device outward allows you to view a specific photo. Here, bending the device inward returns to the entire collection, which you can then scroll through by twisting the outer edges.

    Photo: James Martin/CNET

  • Nokia R&D

    The inspiration for the Kinetic Device actually came from another Nokia concept called the HumanForm.

    Instead of your typical solid, rectangular mobile, Nokia wanted to create a more 'humanised phone' that could adapt to you.

    The non-working prototype shown here features a flexible body, so it can bend if sit down with it in your trouser pocket. You could interact with it in numerous ways, including through gestures, bending, twisting, and touch-sensitive controls.

    Photo: James Martin/CNET

Topic: Mobility

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