Futures Past

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.

The mobile version is here.

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.

This one can be seen on mobile here.

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.


9 thoughts on “Futures Past

  1. This is totally why I'm crazy about phone features. Phones will work somehow like in the concepts above when they replace the PC as our main computing platform. The things you can't do on such a small device by its own will be possible to do by connecting peripherals, or by image projection and motion tracking. Or elastic electronics.

  2. I'm a cyberpunk. These are my jacks. Give it eleven more years and phones will be in a state I've been waiting for – true mobile computing platforms with data speeds to match most home computers of that time. Eventually UIs will improve to the point that they'll be holographic projections using slowed down light (light has a spongy texture to it when slowed down) to allow us to feel the projection and interface with the "screens" as never before.We're about two years away from the release of some major battery upgrades (post coming soon) and that's one of the main obstacles to mobile tech being as useful as desktop. Even so, I don't believe the desktop PC will disappear (although it max change form) entirely. I can see mobile devices automatically synching with a home station at least.

  3. awww snap that's cool :eyes: :yes: I like the interface :up:I just love that Nokia 888 😮 ..I saw it long time ago but it always impresses me. :p

  4. Kind of like these?When I come to think about it, a post from you, Mik, about your vision of the future, might turn out to be an excellent read.

  5. I think you should write a post on "The Future of Technology" :up: just your projected ideas based on current trends 🙂 should make for a good read.

  6. Unfortunately the networks have too much control over what most end users see. There was technology developed a decade ago to use cellphones that use each other as a network, each passing the signal on to the next one, with a couple of the big names even releasing handsets. As that cut the networks out of the picture they were only available SIM-free without subsidy and soon discontinued. Nuclear batteries were another innovation offering 6 months constant use. They never got included as the networks wouldn't carry them especially when people started getting scared of cell phone radiation. I can see where it's headed before the networks interfere though.Still, it's an interesting idea and fits in with a series I'm working on. I may do something like that at some point.

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