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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    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

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    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

  • Nokia R&D

    Nokia also imagined an 'electro tactile' display. With this enhanced display, people could actually feel textures in photos. The HumanForm could also recognise users' mood and allow them to communicate with others in nonverbal ways - such as drawing a heart over a contact's image to let them know you love them.

    Photo: James Martin/CNET

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Topic: Mobility

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