Nokia shows off flexible smartphone display prototype

Nokia didn't just show off the Windows Phone 7-based Lumia smartphones today at its Nokia World event in London. News.com reports that the company was also showing off a very wild smartphone display prototype that allowed the user to physically twist and flex the display in order to accomplish various tasks.

Nokia called the prototype display the "Nokia kinetic device" and as you can see in the video above the users is using his hand to flex the screen as if it was taffy. The device zoomed in and out of photos when a person bowed the display inward or outward, and in another demo, twisting the prototype caused the device to scroll through music and photo collections.

Nokia is apparently keeping quiet on exactly how this prototype works, only confirming that it is a real OLED display. There's also no word on when a smartphone with this technology might be released by the company, nor whether or not Nokia might be working with Microsoft to develop the device.

One wonders what kind of applications could be used in tandem with such an interface. Certainly this kind of display could be used in mobile games, such as a racing game where the player twists the display in order to go left or right instead of simply pushing buttons or using the accelerometer.

It remains to be seen what all of that twisting and turning would do for the life of the phone itself. Smartphones are already pretty sensitive to hardware failures and creating one that's made to be physically twisted could cause all sorts of hardware issues.

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Im pretty sure i read/heard about them working on something like this before. It wasnt demoed then though. If im correct, then i think this was before they announced their deal with MS and was something in developement at the Nokia Research site here in Cambridge, UK

Salem874 said,
Im pretty sure i read/heard about them working on something like this before. It wasnt demoed then though. If im correct, then i think this was before they announced their deal with MS and was something in developement at the Nokia Research site here in Cambridge, UK

Correct:

http://www.komplettblog.ie/wp-...ent/uploads/nokia-morph.jpg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_Morph

Good to see Nokia putting out a very early prototype of the Nokia Morph to the public.

JPXi said,
Too bad Nokia will be bankrupt by this time next year for being stupid enough to go WP7 exclusive.

jPXi along with comment: "Too bad Nokia will be bankrupt by this time next year for being stupid enough to go WP7 exclusive." have been added to my 'when WP7 enters public conciousness and a real sales run I'll be a smug f**ker and throw these comments in the retards faces' list, thanks

that something cool!!.. im pretty sure the smartphone experience will be tiring.. But this can be used for something else. Neat concept!

NPGMBR said,
Nokia had better patent that **** real quick as im sure Apple will claim it as their own.

No, no, you got it wrong. Apple invents everything.

NPGMBR said,
Nokia had better patent that **** real quick as im sure Apple will claim it as their own.

apple does not invent anything! they just remove, and years after they just REinvents it!

Meh, didnt see it flex to much. Just twist a little bit really. And like taffy? Not really.

I thought there was going to be more of a bend...that would of been cool.