Nokia and University of Cambridge develop nanotech phone

Theoretical nanotechnology allows for a flexible, transparent, self-cleaning handset

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By  Quintin Smith Published  February 26, 2008

Developed in a joint project by Nokia and the University of Cambridge, UK, the Morph nanotech phone was recently unveiled at the Museum of Modern Art on the 24th of February. The Morph has been designed using theoretical nanotechnology, elements of which could appear in high-end mobile phones as early as 2015.

“We hope that this combination of art and science will showcase the potential of nanoscience to a wider audience”, commented Dr Tapani Ryhanen, Head of the NRC Cambridge UK laboratory, Nokia. “The techniques we are developing might one day mean new possibilities in terms of the design and function of mobile devices. The research we are carrying out is fundamental to this as we seek a safe and controlled way to develop and use new materials.”

The material the Morph is made out of is transparent, self-cleaning and flexible, allowing the device to be held like a conventional phone, viewed like a picture frame or wrapped around the wrist.

The project is part of the Museum of Modern Art’s new exhibition, Design An Elastic Mind, which focuses on smoothing over disruptive or irritating advances in technology, and helping science to blend with art.

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