Mobile phones are one of the most common pieces of technology used in our
daily lives. Some reports put the number of cell phones sold in 2007 worldwide
at 1.1 billion. With that number of cellular phones sold in 2007 alone, the
market is very hot leading to expanded research and development of new
Nokia and the University of Cambridge have teamed up on a new concept phone
called the Morph described as a nanotechnology concept device. The
concept design was launched at the “Design and the Elastic Mind” exhibition at
the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
According to Nokia, the Morph is a concept intended to demonstrate how
devices in the future could be stretchable and flexible allowing the user to
change the shape of their device on a whim. The nanotechnology construction is capable
of providing users with flexible materials, transparent electronics and
Nokia Chief Technology Officer Dr. Bob Iannucci said in a statement, “Nokia
Research Center is looking at ways to reinvent the form and function of mobile
devices; the Morph concept shows what might be possible.”
Nokia claims that certain elements of the Morph could be integrated into
high-end handheld devices in the next seven years. Nokia adds that
nanotechnology could at some point lead to low cost manufacturing solutions
providing complex devices at low prices.
University of Cambridge Professor Mark Welland added, “Developing the Morph
concept with Nokia has provided us with a focus that is both artistically
inspirational but, more importantly, sets the technology agenda for our joint
nanoscience research that will stimulate our future work together."
Nokia made headlines earlier this month when the German
government demanded $60.5 million in a refund of subsidies it provided.
quote: make this thin enough to wear as a bracelet and i'll buy one.
quote: That top picture with the person tapping on the transluscent keyboard looks suspiciously like the clear tablets used as computers in Star Trek Next Generation.