At Nokia World, the Finish company showed off a flexible prototype display dubbed “Nokia kinetic device” that allowed the user to physically twist and flex the display in order to accomplish various tasks.
“Gripped with two hands, it would scroll through music collections or photo albums when twisted. Bowing it inward or outward zoomed photos in and out or paused and played music, while tapping the corners panned through photos,” reports CNet.
One wonders what kind of applications could be used in tandem with such an interface. Certainly this kind of display could be used in mobile games, such as a racing game where the player twists the display in order to go left or right instead of simply pushing buttons or using the accelerometer.
CNet reports “Chris Bower, at Nokia’s “Future Lounge,” had some ideas. He was showing an experimental apparatus with a bundle of carbon nanotubes in a flexible elastomer medium. The electrical resistance of the nanotubes changes as they’re stretched, and measurements of the change let a computer control how a map zoomed in and out. The same approach could be used to control the flexible interface.”
Here are some photos and a video of the display:
Video demonstration of Nokia Kinetic device: