Not one, but two mentalist designs from Nokia’s future phone labs have surfaced. One’s an eight megapixel flat phone designed for treehuggers, the other’s a touchscreen phone with a tactile difference.
The Nokia Liquid phone uses, according to designer Rune Larsen, a liquid layer between the touchscreen and your fingers. The liquid is channelled into areas to give actual squishy buttons you can press down on, on the phone’s surface. Wouldn’t want to sit on it in your back pocket on the train, mind.
Meanwhile, Nokia’s eco-team have apparently decided the future is in a whittle-your-own-phone – a sustainable timber-bodied eight megapixel camphone with a speaker. Although regardless how sustainable the wood around the innards, they’re get to cook up a way to make renewable silicon and metal. For that, we’ll still be relying on recycling the whole shebang.
Nokia’s eco-bods would probably be better off working out how to reduce phone power consumption, or solar-powered batteries, or something else a bit more… substantial. Mind you, we’re sure they’re all in the works too.