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November 15, 2011

In focus: the Nokia Human Form

It is fair to say the recent post on Nokia Connects that charted the impressive Nokia Kinetic Device was an instantaneous hit with everyone out there, causing quite a stir in the process. Providing a glimpse into the forward thinking, logic defying technology of the future, both the Nokia Morph and Kinetic Device display a thought provoking and technologically teasing insight into the future of mobile phones.

So if that whet your appetite, then take a seat and meet the Nokia Human Form.

No this is not a Nokia robot, but an ingenious mobile phone concept set out to challenge everything else and re-write the mobile phone history books. And before we go any further in an attempt to explain just how the Nokia Human Form functions, we’ll set the scene with this little video and let the images do the talking. It is only a concept – so a real Nokia Human Form does not actually exist, and is therefore not yet on the market yet, but if made real, could possibly completely rewrite the history books on what’s possible with a mobile phone.

Whoah. Quite a bit to take in there.

Perhaps you think it’s rather far fetched (or just plain silly) or full of the wow factor, but we can all agree that it is an innovative look at the future, and a refreshingly enthusiastic take on what the phones of the next generations may hold in store.

In the shape of a mini surfboard or an elongated tear drop, the concept showcases the same bend-to-scroll dynamism flaunted by the Nokia Kinetic Device, whereby flicking through photographs can be done by bending the phone outwards and inwards to go forward and backward, and at various degrees depending on the pace with which you want to scroll. One particuarly cool feature is the tactile sensory touch that accompanies a photograph, so when you look at a picture, your skin can interpret the surface of that particular object(s) by simply touching it, as if they were virtually right there in front of you. The transparency of the device also gives it an almost semi-real look, abstract of the cluster of wire and chips that have to be hidden underneath an exterior armoury in other phones, that makes it look as though it’s almost floating.


What the Nokia Human Form demonstrates is nanotechnology in all its glory, where physical manipulation and malleability are the core structures of this techno-invertebrate form. Like cartilage, it remains strong and robust also allowing for a gracefully interactive and intimate experience.

Showcased at Nokia World 2011 the Nokia Human Device prompted Clinton Jeff to describe it as ‘a visionary solution for a dynamically flexible device beyond touch screen and voice communication where technology is invisible and intuition takes over’, a device ‘created in a joint effort to translate the most promising new nanotechnologies into meaningful user experience, prototype those for decision making; and transfer and set aspiration for future portfolios’. said ‘the concept is truly amazing showcasing how various human interactions can be used to control a device. Gestures like shaking the device, bending it, turning it all have been cleverly used to make this concept truly mind-bending’, a positive view on the device, as is the appraisal from another about the phone’s ability to ‘demonstrate Nokia’s deep commitment to evolving the phone and taking it to the next level, where you can live the future now.’ These comments praise Nokia’s look to the future, and the exciting developments that can be made in mobile phone technology.

Obviously these views do not reflect the opinions of everyone, so tell us does the Nokia Human Form get your plaudits? Whatever you think, we always like to know your thoughts and ideas so don’t hesitate to tell us how you feel.