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The next generation of phones wouldn’t need you to carry them in your pockets. They shall be flexible enough to be worn as a bracelet. While concept phones as these are not exactly new, Nokia’s new patent offers some interesting insights into what the company is working on.
In the patent titled “USER INTERFACE, DEVICE AND METHOD FOR A PHYSICALLY FLEXIBLE DEVICE”, the inventors reveal the development of a technology that will enable display screens to adapt to bend. An excerpt from the patent reads
“a user interface and a device incorporating such user interface having a flexible screen capable of being small and mobile while still allowing several user actions to be taken is desirable.”
An interesting invention described in the patent is about the way the phone shall carry out different tasks based on the way it is bent. An example suggested in the patent reads
“In one embodiment the pre-specified shape is also associated with a movement. As a pre-specified shape is detected and followed by the detection of a pre-specified movement an associated function is executed.“
“FIG. 10a shows a device having been bent to resemble a can, possibly used to hold beer or soda. A search will thus be performed for a bar or a pub either a specific franchise or any bar or pub in the neighborhood.
FIG. 10b shows a device having been bent to resemble a bowl. A search will thus be performed for a restaurant either a specific franchise or any restaurant in the neighborhood.
FIG. 10c shows a device having been bent to resemble a roof or a tent. A search will thus be performed for a hotel, motel or guest house either a specific franchise or any hotel, motel or guesthouse in the neighborhood. “
Nokia had earlier said that such technologies will be the norm by 2015. What do you think? Will we such devices in the mainstream by then?