24 October 2010

Nokia Research touts 5 innovative mobile interfaces

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Nokia gesture
Wired’s Gadget Lab posts five big ideas that are currently under development at Nokia Research Center that reveal some intriguing possibilities on how we will interact with our devices in the future.

Touchscreens everywhere
Nokia researchers are experimenting with turning any display — the flatscreen TV in your living room, or the big monitor in your study — into a touchscreen. All you need is a mobile phone with a camera, plus a special app.

Electronics that stretch like rubber
Electronically stretchable skins could change the shape of devices and make them fit like gloves on your hand

Devices than can smell
By placing a nanowire, ultrathin wires made of metallic or semiconducting material, on top of a chip, researchers can train the chip to recognize or “smell” substances that are placed close to the sensing surface.

Sign ‘S’ for Silence
Gestures could mean the end of pecking and hunting on mobile displays.

An electro-tactile experience
Electrovibration uses electrical charges to simulate vibration and friction — which can help bring the idea of textures to a touchscreen.

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