Nokia reveals five new concept phones

Yesterday, Neowin reported that next week Nokia will be holding an event in which they will discuss Symbian. Today, they have released a series of Nokia concept phones and like typical Nokia hardware many of them are very visually pleasing.

The concept phones come from the Nseries and were a follow up of their release of five similar concept phones last month.

The first named Nokia 82 Dragonfly, was designed by Reginald Shola Hingston and the first thing that is immediately noticeable is that it looks very good. There isn’t much information about the phone, however we know it comes with a very large screen, numeric keypad, camera and a navigation mechanism. Placed next to a dragonfly it becomes distinctively obvious that its looks live up to its name.

The next phone, named Nokia Kinetic, was designed by Jeremy Innes-Hopkins and on top of looking good the phone turns digital information into kinetic energy by using the electromagnet in its base. That sounds all fancy but how does it work? In essence it means when you receive a call, the weight in the base shifts and the phone rises. If you prefer to ignore the call, tap it back down.

The third, named the Nokia Eco Sensor, is a perfect phone for anyone who is eco-conscious. The phone has all the normal functions of a phone but also allows you to know information about your health and the environment around you. It comes with a wearable unit which senses and analyzes your surroundings. The unit can be worn as a wrist or neck strap and because it has solar cells on it, powers the sensors in the phone.

In fourth is the Nokia ‘Remade’ Concept which quite literally has been ‘remade’ from aluminum cans, plastic drinks bottles and old car tires. Like the Eco Sensor concept, this is another eco-friendly phone for those who are eco-conscious. It comes with a distinctively tiny screen size; hasn't Nokia learned that no one wants a fingerprint size phone screen? Regardless, the phone's inside mechanics also reduce CO2 as they are designed to minimize waste, such as the printed electronics and backlit display. The combination increases battery life and saves energy.

The final concept is perhaps the strangest and is called the Nokia Scentsory. This strange looking phone works on a multi-sensory level and tries to give the user a multi-layered experience. It comes with audiovisual features and strangely can detect, transmit and emit smells.

While it’s closed, the phone works like a normal phone, with the ability to answer and dial calls with an LED screen notifying the user when they are receiving a call, however when we open the phone it becomes more dynamic. When it’s in ‘flat mode’ you’re greeted with an LED touchpad, two screens and stereo speakers for audiovisual calls. In ‘open mode’ you can find use of two screens, camera, stereo speakers, interior scent detectors, emitter and exterior temperature sensors. Sounds like something you might find in a sci-fi movie.

 

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this is pathetic of nokia.

everyone can drawing and render concepts out of thin air. no doubt nokia is expert in that area. only problem is. nokia has nothing that actually comfortably working here to show for it. i emphasize comfortably working, because these concepts may look good on paper, but wimpy when actually in use.

unless nokia has something soon to show that actually works and amazes, which i think unlikely, it's just blowing smoke up our posterior. well some die-heart sybian (sic) fan may like it ...

1) Underpants Phone
2) Weebles wobble but they don't fall down
3) Can I also put my pokemon cards in it?
4) I need a new tv remote
5) This isn't new, girls have been making these on playgrounds for decades, keep up Nokia

Most of these concepts were done 2-3 years ago some even by students, I remember seeing these at a school conference

wv@gt said,
Most of these concepts were done 2-3 years ago some even by students, I remember seeing these at a school conference

Do you really expect Neowin knows anything Nokia pre 11-02-11 ?

everyone can "design" a phone that will never be possible. I would be more impressed if they had WP7 devices ready

Thom said,
I actually thought the last phone must have been from an april fools

Looks like nokia is investing heavily in nanotechnologies. The video Kestis posted shows quite clearly the direction they're thinking.

Unfortunately they will have to change the mindset of consumers who grew up with bulky clunky devices full of wires.

Until you can wrap your mind around how nanotech will change our future, all of these things look plain silly.

dotf said,

Looks like nokia is investing heavily in nanotechnologies. The video Kestis posted shows quite clearly the direction they're thinking.

Unfortunately they will have to change the mindset of consumers who grew up with bulky clunky devices full of wires.

Until you can wrap your mind around how nanotech will change our future, all of these things look plain silly.

sure, while we're at it, let them show us a concept video of nano bots curing cancer. It's not about changing the mindset of consumers, it's about keeping a minimum of realism in your concepts or just labeling them as science fiction. The only thing we can do right now with nanotech is making nanotubes that exhibit no decision making capabilities whatsoever

I wouldn't mind the remade concept if it was just a dumb phone with txt'ing and outstanding call quality/volume, same length as my wallet folded and very thin. Some of us need phones to talk with, not as gaming machines/internet lookup/etc. I've needed a sturdy thing that doesn't mind being bumped around by my keys.

Eco-phone? Nice. It can tell me about my immediate surroundings... something my other senses can't already do, yeeeesssshhhhh

I was hoping #4 was a switchblade-style touchscreen. I imagine the springs would break eventually but it would be an awesome type of phone to have since it would protect the screen.

The last one is probably the only one I find interesting.

the Nokia Kinetic would be nice if it's design wasn't based off of a whistle.

I loved the concepts. This is what future technology will go to. Concepts like this opens minds and help to think in new ways to interact and display information.

Cheers to Nokia for publishing this concepts and the people who made it.

I am a fan on Motorola, I still use the Rokr E8. The rotation wheel they added in the phone was great. That's why I bought the phone, innovation. A new way to see and interact with the phone.

I will like to see a thinner Nokia Kinetic!

So we basically have:

1. Awkward to use phone that still manages to be right out of the 1990s.
2. A phone that would be annoyingly moving around when you get a call and also resting poorly on any edges.
3. A phone that probably either looks silly on your wrist, is too small to use comfortably or both.
4. Basic flip phone but with ugly glaring lights and crappy button placement.
5. The phone that cannot be used with one hand. Or in bright daylight.

If the concepts are like these, it's no wonder Nokia is constantly making phones that are just plain awful to use. These concepts are desperately trying to be different but none of them were made while thinking outside the box - they just took all the poor ideas from the box.

The first three concept designs get my approval straight away but not the fourth one as it is not impressive at all.
However the fifth concept design, to be honest looks like a handkerchief. Though an interesting idea but i dun think its possible. Looking at the picture it appears the phone material is translucent which can't be possible considering there is gonna be a battery and microprocessor in it .

wotsit said,
Concept phones are like concept cars. They look awesome, but never see the light of day.

LOL. What about Alfa Romero Brera or the Audio R8?

wotsit said,
Concept phones are like concept cars. They look awesome, but never see the light of day.

So I take it, these phones look awesome?

Im in for number 2 with WP7 or WP8 (at the time it would actually come out) .. would be a nice feature to stand on its own without anthing extra.. also I dont know why no one has commentted on the Nokia "Kinect" .. and it has the 3 cameras and such on the top.. would be interesting if this is showing that microsoft is wanting to expand the technology to cell phones. The Nokia Kinect would sure need some licensing from microsoft because that is one of their main marketing campaigns right now..

Lachlan said,
Im in for number 2 with WP7 or WP8 (at the time it would actually come out) .. would be a nice feature to stand on its own without anthing extra.. also I dont know why no one has commentted on the Nokia "Kinect" .. and it has the 3 cameras and such on the top.. would be interesting if this is showing that microsoft is wanting to expand the technology to cell phones. The Nokia Kinect would sure need some licensing from microsoft because that is one of their main marketing campaigns right now..

You need a significant amount of space to use Kinect. A cell phone that you hold at arm's reach with the current technology wouldn't seem like it would be able to do much besides, I dunno, read your lips?

leo221 said,
no wonder they are losing market BIG. they really have no concepts.

if they can't do it right independently, at least COPY APPLE. Looks like they are digging grave for themselves.

Kinetic looks kinda ok, as a concept, but still useless for most people that carry phone in pocket. Everything else is fail.

No wonder their profits are falling when their focusing on concepts like these. #
#1 is ugly and looks 10 years old.
#2 would be heavy and the feature is pointless.
#3 has been done already and sucks.
#4 who cares.
#5 is just ridiculous.

Gaffney said,
No wonder their profits are falling when their focusing on concepts like these. #
#1 is ugly and looks 10 years old.
#2 would be heavy and the feature is pointless.
#3 has been done already and sucks.
#4 who cares.
#5 is just ridiculous.

But your iphone is the best!

Gaffney said,
No wonder their profits are falling when their focusing on concepts like these. #
#1 is ugly and looks 10 years old.
#2 would be heavy and the feature is pointless.
#3 has been done already and sucks.
#4 who cares.
#5 is just ridiculous.

+1 a million.

Gaffney said,
#3 has been done already and sucks.

Universal Communicator / Tricorder combination

It's a Trekkie dream. I want my Tricorder. Don't pooh pooh the inevitable.
You sound like a someone from the pre-industrial revolution era dismissing the future.

dotf said,

Universal Communicator / Tricorder combination

It's a Trekkie dream. I want my Tricorder. Don't pooh pooh the inevitable.
You sound like a someone from the pre-industrial revolution era dismissing the future.


Otherwise a phone on your wrist, done already either to small with bad quality or to big with slightly less bad quality.

Gaffney said,
No wonder their profits are falling when their focusing on concepts like these. #
#1 is ugly and looks 10 years old.
#2 would be heavy and the feature is pointless.
#3 has been done already and sucks.
#4 who cares.
#5 is just ridiculous.

Right. And when Apple comes out with a phone with some of these features, people like you would be all over how "magical" it is.

Gaffney said,
No wonder their profits are falling when their focusing on concepts like these. #
#1 is ugly and looks 10 years old.
#2 would be heavy and the feature is pointless.
#3 has been done already and sucks.
#4 who cares.
#5 is just ridiculous.

+10

That last phone is crazy!! People are gona laugh now but I wouldnt be surprised if things end up going that route in the (near?) future.

Personally I like the 2nd one the best , the one in the middle is kinda cool too I guess.

este said,
That last phone is crazy!! People are gona laugh now but I wouldnt be surprised if things end up going that route in the (near?) future.

Personally I like the 2nd one the best , the one in the middle is kinda cool too I guess.

It could be the start of something for sure. I'm a fan of the Eco Sensor but the Kinetic is pretty cool too. I'm just not a fan of phones that differ in thickness throughout.

este said,
That last phone is crazy!! People are gona laugh now but I wouldnt be surprised if things end up going that route in the (near?) future.

Wasn't there a mockup like this in a Microsoft-ad a few years ago?

este said,
That last phone is crazy!! People are gona laugh now but I wouldnt be surprised if things end up going that route in the (near?) future.

Personally I like the 2nd one the best , the one in the middle is kinda cool too I guess.

Why would you want a smell emiting phone? It all sounds nice and science fiction like in theory, but in practice, naaaaaaah

este said,
That last phone is crazy!! People are gona laugh now but I wouldnt be surprised if things end up going that route in the (near?) future.

Personally I like the 2nd one the best , the one in the middle is kinda cool too I guess.


It looks interesting, except that it's transparent. Not very good usability there since contrast goes to hell. There's a reason current phones compete for the brightest LED/OLED displays. Imagine that design in a poorly lit room.

I think this concept was just made to make Nokia look modern and futuristic, in their troubled times of today.

XerXis said,

Why would you want a smell emiting phone? It all sounds nice and science fiction like in theory, but in practice, naaaaaaah

Think of all the possibilities!
More fart apps!!