Sunday, February 24, 2008

Nokia Unveils "Morph" Nanotech Material Prototypes

Nokia Research Center (NRC)

and the University of Cambridge (UK) unveiled "Morph", a joint nanotechnology concept that demonstrates how future mobile devices might be stretchable and flexible, allowing the user to transform their mobile device into radically different shapes.

The joint research is focused on flexible materials, transparent electronics and self-cleaning surfaces. Nokia believes that certain 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.

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 program 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.