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Nokia reveals Morph touch phone concept

updated 10:45 am EST, Mon February 25, 2008

Nokia Morph Concept

Nokia on Monday veered from its tradition of unveiling shipping products by introducing the Morph, a long-term concept phone developed in tandem with the University of Cambridge. The handset is based on nanotechnology developments that may be realistic for future products and is split into two devices: a detachable speaker either clips to the ear as a headset or to the main phone as a speaker; the phone itself would use nanotechnology to provide a touch-sensitive display that is at once flexible and translucent. Future developments could even see a phone like the Morph clean itself and eliminate the fingerprints that plague most touchscreen devices, Nokia says.

The bendable nature could let the phone either extend to full size as a tablet for media playback, text messaging, or web browsing. However, it could also shrink to smaller sizes, including a traditional candybar phone shape with a dialing pad or a minimal bracelet design. The earpiece itself would also have a display, according to the Finnish handset maker.

While not yet a real product, Nokia is careful note that at least some components of the technology in Morph are authentic and should be available in shipping products within the next seven years, though most if not all of the advancements will first appear in high-end phones rather than mainstream devices.

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  1. Rezzz

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    self cleaning..

    probably the same type of nano tech used in the recently patented wiperless-windshield:

  1. adrianm

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    self cleaning glass...

    ...has been around for ages... but it does require rain to wash off the residue.

    a good thing, as all the phones i've ever destroyed were through contact with water :)

  1. gambit-7

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    Shouldn't this be: Nokia unveils CGI renderings of technology they've seen somewhere in some movie as 'concepts' in desperate bid to attract attention away from Apple's iPhone?

  1. jpellino

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    So according to the pics, seven years from now, we can apply the science of nanotechnology to the vexing problem of getting your horoscope on a cell phone! Ain't science grand?

  1. dliup

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    "at least SOME components of the technology ... should be available in shipping products within the next seven years"

    WITHIN THE NEXT 7 YEARS!!! Looks like it'll be the Nokia Duke Nukem Forever.

  1. gorbag

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    This is fantastic!

    Finally, a cellphone that meets my minimum requirements, assuming it eats the dirt on it to repair itself and grow new features. I'm not going to buy another Nokia cellphone until this ships!

  1. jcatma61

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    I hear it also grows into a smartcar and gets 400 mpg.

    I've never seen such a desperate attempt for attention.

    Next from Nokia: Nanotech tires for your vehicles which don't require removal for a brake-job.

  1. danviento

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    Wonder if

    Appl will send a firmware upgrade of offering iPhone/iPodTouch-like capabilities to older notebooks too? It wouldn't necessasrily help sales, although it would show Apple's goal of supporting older systems that have the necessary hardware, but lack the firmware/software.

    My guess is that it would be at least a month or so before they do this, if they ever do. Thoughts?

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    Nokia Morph

    Nokia has just rolled out its Morph concept – a long-term concept handset that was joint developed with the folks from the University of Cambridge.

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