Nokia and the University of Cambridge have shown a concept mobile device at the ongoing “Design and the Elastic Mind” exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The concept device, dubbed “the morph”, which would be built using nanotechnology, could define the mobile device of the future if Nokia manages to turn it into reality some day.
Nokia and UC hope to create devices that are strechable, flexible and bendable. This would allow users to transform the device into another shape, which can also then performs another function.
The morph concept is based on the unexplored functionality of nanotechnology. Nokia and UC researchers believe that nanotechnology is capable of delivering flexible materials, transparent electronics and self-cleaning surfaces. All the qualities that the joint team would try to implement in the Morph concept device.
Dr. Tapani Ryhanen, Head of the NRC Cambridge UK laboratory said that the combination of art and science through Nokia and UC’s collaboration will showcase the true potential of nanotechnology to a wider audience.
“The research we are carrying out is fundamental to this as we seek a safe and controlled way to develop and use new materials,” says Ryhanen.