Nano Technology Set to Revolutionise Smartphone User Interface Design

28 October 2011
Ben Logan

Author: Ben Logan

Passionate about improving services and experiences for the people that use them.

Predicted in 2006 to make a 2012 debut, cutting-edge nano technology applied to user interfaces has made a slightly earlier appearance, with Nokia showing off their new prototype at an event recently in London.

Dubbed a ‘Kinetic’ display, their device has a flexible body constructed by lining elastomer (essentially bendy plastic) with carbon nanotubes. The tubes are pliant enough to allow the device to bend, based on the electrical resistance generated from motion.

This relatively simple principle allows for revolutionary new steps in user interface design.  While the technology has been in use for some time, the cost of carbon nanotubes and the difficulty associated in working with them has made wider commercial use difficult.

Nokia seems to have broken though the obstacles for mobiles. This new technology is also under development by Samsung, who has also announced the upcoming release of a series of flexible displays to add to their smartphone range.

All in all, this evolution is bound to bring about some exciting new developments in the way users interact with their devices.  It just remains now to be seen what prices manufacturers will charge for this enhanced level of flexible interactivity.

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