Nokia gave the industry a glimpse of the future when it unveiled a shape changing mobile devices concept based on nanotechnology.

Morph, a joint nanotechnology concept developed by Nokia Research Center and the University of Cambridge, has gone on display as part of the “Design and the Elastic Mind” exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

The concept demonstrates how future mobile devices might be stretchable and flexible, allowing the user to transform the gadget into radically different shapes. Nanotechnology would enable the ultimate functionality delivering flexible materials, transparent electronics and self-cleaning surfaces.

Nokia said that elements of Morph might be integrated into handheld devices within seven years, though initially only at the high end. In the future however, the Finnish firm sees nanotechnology as one day leading to low cost manufacturing and the potential to integrate complex functionality at a low price.

Check out the video from Nokia below:


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  • You’re video in this post doesn’t have the right dimensions set when you inserted it into the page. The video has a wide screen aspect ratio, but you set it up with a 4:3. It’s cutting off the sides of the video.

    Reply to Mario on The shape of things to come
  • Neat video, but it’s done so slow that it actually makes some really cool subject matter seem boring. For the amount of money they paid they could have gotten something so much cooler.

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  • Much prefer one of those over an iphone. How long before it (or a clone) appears on the vodfone network and how much of my bandwidth would it eat?

    As for the video itself!

    Reply to Peter Lanado on The shape of things to come
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