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

    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

  • Nokia R&D

    The Nokia Gem concept introduces the idea of a cell phone whose entire body is a touch screen.

    The front, back, and sides of the phone are an interactive display that changes depending on what function you're using at a given time. In this example, a map is displayed on the map, while the side of the phone provides access to apps and RSS feeds.

    Photo: James Martin/CNET

Topic: Mobility

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