Nokia shows off stretchable “electronic skin”, other futuristic stuff (video)
Ever since Nokia showcased the Morph concept a couple of years ago, the company’s fans have been wondering: when will such a phone become available? We still don’t have the answer to that question, but we do know that Nokia is serious about turning this concept into reality.
In a post published today at its official blog, Nokia has presented some of the work it’s doing at its Research Centre in Cambridge, UK.
One of the things the team at NRC Cambridge is working on is the so-called stretchable electronic skin. This is an electronic touchpad that, thanks to the use of “evaporated gold as a conductor”, can be stretched and crumpled without losing its functionality.
As seen in the video below, this opens up endless possibilities, including the manufacturing of flexible, shape-shifting mobile phones (like the Nokia Morph). Of course, there’s a lot of work to do before the technology becomes accessible enough for mass production, so we’ll probably not see any products based on it in the near future.
Another interesting Nokia project is related to “nanowire sensing.” The idea here is that a chip with a special nanowire on top can recognize various substances that make contact with it. This could be used in mobile devices for detecting “air quality, food freshens, or allergens.”
See the video below for more:
The third project showcased by Nokia has a lot to do with touchscreens. Nokia hopes to bring “a new level of feedback” to touchscreen devices, by trying to “replicate textures” and by “using the concept of electrovibration.” It’s all rather vague now, so let’s hope we’ll hear more about this soon.