Are you getting bored of all those thick and chunky shaped mobile phones? Have a go on this one. Thanks to nanotechnology, Mobile phones can now attain any shape itself to user’s need.Nokia and the University of Cambridge jointly designed a concept mobile phone that allows users to mould the handset (there are other mouldable gadget as well) into different shapes. Codenamed Morph,this cool gadget not only re-shapes, but is also more energy efficient and a self-cleaning device :O .Even the electronics inside it would be transparent and flexible, so the whole phone may be twisted and stretched into various forms while still being able to make calls! (and couple of twisted calls as well :)) )
According to Professor Mark Welland, Head of the Department of Engineering’s Nanoscience Group at the University of Cambridge:
Although this project took one year to complete, Nokia said that it’ll take around seven years to integrate Morph elements into other not-so-cool-and-stylish cellphones. In other words, Don’t hold your breath!
Apart from being used for the obvious reasons, this neat gizmo can be used for a hell lot of other things. Wired News list seven such uses.The last use is the best though: Saving the Earth! 😀
Check out the video and the press release:
New York, US and Espoo, Finland — Morph, a joint nanotechnology concept, developed by Nokia Research Center (NRC) and the University of Cambridge (UK) – was launched today alongside the “Design and the Elastic Mind” exhibition, on view from February 24 to May 12, 2008, at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. Morph features in both the exhibition catalog and on MoMA’s official website.
Morph is a concept that demonstrates how future mobile devices might be stretchable and flexible, allowing the user to transform their mobile device into radically different shapes. It demonstrates the ultimate functionality that nanotechnology might be capable of delivering: flexible materials, transparent electronics and self-cleaning surfaces.
Dr. Tapani Ryhanen, Head of the NRC Cambridge UK laboratory, Nokia, commented: “We hope that this combination of art and science will showcase the potential of nanoscience to a wider audience. The techniques we are developing might one day mean new possibilities in terms of the design and function of mobile devices. The research we are carrying out is fundamental to this as we seek a safe and controlled way to develop and use new materials.”
Professor Mark Welland, Head of the Department of Engineering’s Nanoscience Group at the University of Cambridge and University Director of Nokia-Cambridge collaboration added “Developing the Morph concept with Nokia has provided us with a focus that is both artistically inspirational but, more importantly, sets the technology agenda for our joint nanoscience research that will stimulate our future work together.”
The partnership between Nokia and the University of Cambridge was announced in March, 2007 – an agreement to work together on an extensive and long term programme of joint research projects. NRC has established a research facility at the University’s West Cambridge site and collaborates with several departments – initially the Nanoscience Center and Electrical Division of the Engineering Department – on projects that, to begin with, are centered on nanotechnology.
Elements of Morph might be available to integrate into handheld devices within 7 years, though initially only at the high-end. However, nanotechnology may one day lead to low cost manufacturing solutions, and offers the possibility of integrating complex functionality at a low price.