As promised to Randy this is a really old video of a mobile phone User Interface proposed by Nokia, and shown on different handsets. The video was later posted by a fan on Youtube back in 2006, before the iPhone started impressing people with a lite version of this. Worth watching for even the slightest mobile fan. Look out for the gorgeous dual touchscreen clamshell model around 52 seconds in.
This video on the other hand is how Nokia views the future of thier phones. Their view uses nanotechnology to change the consistency of the phones materials and a flexible touchscreen display. The phone can change shape to alert you to events and doubles as a handy bookmark.
As for the near future, Direct UI is the user interface currently being worked on by the Symbian Foundation. The idea is that you should be able to control your phone however you want – Direct UI phones will be controlled by a touchscreen, via moving the phone around (turning over to reject a call for example), via voice control and most excitingly the phone can be controlled without even touching it via gestures.
The first release of Direct UI is mixing with S60 5th edition operating system and doesn’t have all the control methods activated. By the time the fourth version of the Symbian operating system is released, the Direct UI should have all control methods implemented and working well in a shiny new case.
Hope you’ve all enjoyed your trip through the mobile future. Maybe a few of you can see more clearly why I love this stuff so much now.