Remember Nokia’s crazy-looking (at the time) Morph phone concept? Back in 2008, the Finnish company showed us a phone that transformed its form factor according the user’s needs way past anything your Asus Transformer tablet ever dreamt of doing.
Looks like Nokia is turning Morph into a patent. Or at least it wants to, as it has filed for a related patent in September of 2010 and the application has been publicized today.
It basically describes the Morph concept in quite a bit of detail, while at the same time being vague enough that Nokia could end up using any number of materials to accomplish a number of different ‘embodiments’ of this morphing goodness. Certainly covering all the bases.
‘A transformable body configured to be elastically stretchable between at least a first configuration and a second configuration’. That’s basically the gist of it. Of course, the ‘body’ also requires wireless communications of all sorts, including GPS and ‘cellular radio access’. So yes, it’s a phone. But it could also end up as just an accessory. In one variant, there’s a ‘remote processing unit’ involved, which could be a cloud-based server, or a smartphone or laptop, for example.
This ‘apparatus’ could be wearable, by using adhesive material, deforming to wrap around a body part (which is what the Morph concept did), or using a suction cup – or a combination of these. A flexible touchscreen could also involved, which reminds us of a flexible display patent that Nokia filed for a couple of years ago.
Some parts of this device could be transparent. That would be achieved using specialized materials. The elastic phone will be able to monitor your body temperature and heart rate. While it transforms, this thing can even change its size, having a smaller size while attached to the skin, and becoming bigger (by stretching) when it isn’t. And again, that’s just like the Morph concept.
This patent hasn’t been granted yet, and at this point it’s anyone’s guess whether that will happen and when. And the tech described in it, while plausible, seems like it’s still a bit far off right now. So while your smartphone of the future could look a lot like this, it’s impossible to be sure just yet.
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