Nokia and the University of Cambridge jointly unveiled Morph, a nanotechnology concept phone that promises to demonstrate how future mobile devices might be stretchable and flexible, enabling the user to transform handsets into radically different shapes. Developed by the device giant's Nokia Research Center unit in association with Cambridge engineers, Morph was launched in conjunction with the Museum of Modern Art's current "Design and the Elastic Mind" exhibition, and purports to illustrate the ultimate functionality inherent in nanotechnology, typified by flexible materials, transparent electronics and self-cleaning surfaces. According to Nokia, elements of the Morph initiative are still a good seven years away from integration into handheld devices, although it believes nanotechnology may one day lead to reduced manufacturing costs.
"We hope that this combination of art and science will showcase the potential of nanoscience to a wider audience," said Dr. Tapani Ryhanen, head of the Nokia Research Center's Cambridge laboratory, in a prepared statement. "The research we are carrying out is fundamental to this as we seek a safe and controlled way to develop and use new materials."
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