Concept images for Nokia Morph, a bendy phone with a transparent screen, cropped up nearly two years ago. The company's recently filed patent for a UI and device with a flexible screen suggests that the Gumbyphone may still have legs.
Nokia recently filed a patent for a device with a flexible screen that takes on different applications when the hardware is bent into different shapes.
While that diagram might make it seem like Nokia's trading in camping gear, the patent illuminates some of the phone's possible uses:
In one embodiment the pre-specified shape is also associated with a movement. As a pre-specified shape is detected and followed by the detection of a pre-specified movement an associated function is executed."
"FIG. 10a shows a device having been bent to resemble a can, possibly used to hold beer or soda. A search will thus be performed for a bar or a pub either a specific franchise or any bar or pub in the neighbourhood.
FIG. 10b shows a device having been bent to resemble a bowl. A search will thus be performed for a restaurant either a specific franchise or any restaurant in the neighbourhood.
FIG. 10c shows a device having been bent to resemble a roof or a tent. A search will thus be performed for a hotel, motel or guest house either a specific franchise or any hotel, motel or guesthouse in the neighbourhood.