Nokia has teamed up with the University of Cambridge to create Morph, 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.
Nokia says that the Morph concept devices are transformable and can be turned into different shapes. This will be done by using materials that are stretchable and elastic, but contain electronics that are microscopic, transparent, flexible and stretchable - everything from a transistor to a capacitor. It will also include self-cleaning technology and nanosensors which interact with the user's environment.
Nanotechnology will also be used to create self-cleaning surfaces in mobile devices that repels molecules. By being at the molecular level, it means that the surface is protected against any kind of dirt. So, for instance, fingerprints cannot be left on a nanostructured surface of the handheld device. The key to this is the nanoflower, a piece of nanotechnology that can repel water and dirt. Nanoflowers are designed to repel water and dirt.
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.