Nokia Files Patent For A Bendy Phone With Many Functions

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.

There's no telling if this patent will amount to anything, but for now just be happy that Nokia's bendy phone may eventually see the light of day. [Go Rumors via Slash Gear]

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    I would even just be glad to see a working concept design to hint that it's workable tech.

    Ok, I LOVE the Nokia Morph concept. Did when I first saw it years ago. I will even wear the dorky bracelet lol.

    But the patent described above is just BS!!! If you look at the original concept video, you can admire how sleek and streamline the UI is meant to be. Everything is just meant to flow, and feel natural.
    You can fold out the phone and use it as a browser, so why oh why oh why on earth would anyone go to the tedious and tacky trouble (alliteration ftw)of bending their phone JUST to search for a pub???

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