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Nokia shows off video of futuristic HumanForm handset concept

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Nokia shows off video of futuristic HumanForm handset concept
Hot on the heels of showing off their bendable Kinetic Phone, Nokia’s Research Center is showing off an even more futuristic concept for a phone. Using nanotechnology and the Kinetic’s model of navigating via physical interaction, Nokia envisions a device so different you would probably not recognize it as a phone if you happened to find one lying around the office.

Not that you’re likely to find one in your office any time soon. The device is based on nanotechnology and some other “yet to be perfected” manufacturing technologies, but the idea is far enough along that Nokia felt it was worth demonstrating on the 25th anniversary of the Nokia Research Center. Mock-ups exist, but the real thing is still a ways off.

But what a device it will be if it ever makes its way to market. The device is conceived to be not just flexible, but for the entire surface to be a touch sensitive display. The surface would also be “electro tactile” to provide touch-based feedback to your fingers as you manipulate the surface of the device.

In addition to being flexible, the device is described as being able to change shape itself, molding itself to the users’ individual ear and head shapes for a better listening experience.

It’s impossible to predict whether this particular concept device will ever be brought to market, but all of the technologies in the video are currently be researched so it’s safe to say that this video shows off many of the types of advances we’re likely to see in the coming decade, even if the exact form factor may differ.

Watch the video for yourself below:



source: Nokia Conversations via Engadget

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posted on 10 Nov 2011, 16:29 4

1. downphoenix (Posts: 2235; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


looks like a futuristic applicator

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 17:41 1

9. protozeloz (Posts: 5328; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Common from Nokia
-Symbian Clock looked like vag and new wp line means b*ch in spanish

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 16:33 15

2. tomast (Posts: 50; Member since: 16 Oct 2011)


Why is it shaped like a dildo?

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 16:37 5

4. joseg81 (Posts: 154; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


u saw that it said feel the image. so put a pic of what you wanna feel in you and if u choose to use it like that you can \"feel\" the image....i hope it\'s water resistant ;)

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 17:44 1

10. protozeloz (Posts: 5328; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


More like a towel, I see little resemblance with a dildo ,but I don't know much about those

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 19:12

16. YellowSmileY (Posts: 7; Member since: 10 Nov 2011)


HAHAHA love it

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 16:36 2

3. joseg81 (Posts: 154; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


that would be awesome...sadly nokia doesn't do android :(

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 17:19 4

7. Penny (Posts: 991; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


So, is that a problem if something better is created? Serious question, no reason to close yourself off to one choice.

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 17:35

8. joseg81 (Posts: 154; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


no it's not a problem, just a personal preference...android does everything i want.

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 17:51

11. joseg81 (Posts: 154; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


when i buy a phone no matter what OS it has i buy it to fit me and android does just that. i\'ve owned literally all brands and OSs and android fits best.

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 18:09 3

12. Penny (Posts: 991; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Totally understandable, but it is the nature of innovation to provide you with something that you previously didn't even think you needed, but then you get used to it and wonder why you didn't have it before.

So, your current OS is great for you now, and your next OS will be even better for you then.

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 16:49 4

5. bluechrism (Posts: 99; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Shape not important, the point being it doesn't have to be rectangular.

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 17:04 3

6. ayephoner (Posts: 833; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


we going to give up on video? watching a movie on that thing would be stupid.

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 18:19 2

13. Penny (Posts: 991; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


True, but it really serves a different purpose. It's hard to build the perfect product that does everything exceedingly well, because to do one thing well often means making concessions somewhere else. Having a premiere multimedia experience effectively means having less than ideal mobility, battery life, etc.

So, you could say that this device would be geared toward people who want next generation interfaces and interaction, a device that acts more as part and parcel of your daily life than a cold, electronic gadget that you use.

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 08:58 1

22. rendHELL (Posts: 304; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


It isnt rectangular so that APPLE would not sue them for ung rectangular phones....

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 18:35

14. pimpollofelice123 (Posts: 30; Member since: 02 Jul 2011)


The all new Kotex Phone 1000. Coming soon.

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 18:39

15. pongkie (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


Sooooo......How do you make a call again?

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 19:35

17. nghtwng68 (Posts: 71; Member since: 26 Nov 2009)


Sooo Cooool!!! Have to say the potential of this device would be fantastic.
Not rectangular, all touch, nano tech, tactile capabilities. Hope Nokia brings this to the CES Show in Jan 2012.

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 13:19

23. nimo (Posts: 72; Member since: 11 Jun 2010)


CES 2050 more like, they've just about managed to get their first windows smartphone on the market in 2012.

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 20:46 1

18. Carlitos (Posts: 267; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Looks like a floppy dildo, ewwwwwww . Or some sort of twistable vagina.

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 22:54

19. drahmad (Posts: 478; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


looks like a nice idea but it will remain only idea forever

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 06:07 1

20. Cyd07 (Posts: 83; Member since: 03 Oct 2011)


Excellent. The return of different design in technology ? Think about couple this with the projector phone Microsoft has presented (concept that put the image and the keyboard wherever you want). You have a thin, light, flexible device, and for inputing informations or watch video, you have the projector...awesome !

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 06:38

21. hunted (Posts: 287; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


Great innovation!!!

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 21:54

24. smartestphone (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


hope it vibrates!

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