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The Future of Nokia

The whole new prototype of Nokia’s Kinetic Device debut at Nokia World 2011, including its display, can be flexed across both the vertical and horizontal planes — with bending and twisting motions controlling the interface. If you bend the screen towards yourself, it acts as a selection function, or zooms in on any pictures you’re viewing. In music mode, you can navigate, play and pause with the tactile interface. It’s still a way off from arriving on phones, though Nokia is aiming to whet developers’ appetites with this prototype. We may have seen some twisty interfaces already, but nothing packing a four-inch screen and built-in functionality like this.

Nokia’s kinetic device is not the first flexible gadget concept, but it’s the first one that goes beyond a mockup and rendering, with a real, usable product. Nokia was quite secretive over the technology used for the kinetic prototype, and Tapani Jokinen, the man behind the project, wouldn’t reveal anything whether it would make it to the market or how it works.
The twisting device would be an interesting system to play racing games, where you flex the display to go left and right, and bow in and out to accelerate and brake. Such a device would be less practical to operate an entire smartphone though, as you would constantly have to use two hands, instead of one hand/finger use with multi-touch smartphones nowadays.

 

Jason Lee

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