At Nokia World 2011, Nokia showed that it can think out of the box with a very interesting prototype demonstration. Called the “Nokia kinetic device”, it features a flexible display that gives users a brand new way to interact with a mobile device. Instead of the usual touchscreen tapping, swiping, and pinching, the Nokia kinetic device works by being twisted, bent, bowed and tapped. A very interesting concept if you ask me, though it’s definitely not something that could replace traditional touchscreens, though it would do a good job in complementing them.
The technology for the flexible displays can also be applied to future phones/tablets for more durable devices that can be placed in the back pocket and sat on without any fear of breaking them. Plus, this flexible UI can work even when a person is wearing gloves, which makes it more usable than capacitive touchscreens when outdoors during the winter. Check out a video demonstration for yourself: