This report analyzes Nokia's extensive research in NanoTechnology for Mobile
Devices, carried out in partnership with the University of Cambridge. This
83-page report collects information from Nokia presentations, patent
applications, video demonstrations, and other documents that Grizzly Analytics
has discovered, and assembles a complete picture of the NanoTechnologies being
Around three years ago Nokia released a video of their Morph concept, a mobile
device based on nanotechnology. This vision included a flexible and
stretchable phone that could be bent into many shapes and worn as a bracelet.
It included sensors for things such as rotten or unclean food, and the ability
to recharge from the sun.
We draw information from Nokia patent applications, presentations, demo videos
and seminars, which cover most of the innovative features of their concept.
Many areas are being researched with multiple applications in mind. For
example, technology for flexible & stretchable electronics for a Morph-like
flexible cellphone can also be used for a glove that senses movements as an
input to a phone or computer. Also, thin and flexible batteries for a
Morph-like device can also enable stronger camera flashes because of their
high storage & fast energy release. Multiple applications of the same core
technology may enable Nokia to bring NanoTech innovations to market sooner,
without waiting for the entire Morph vision to be implemented.
Grizzly Analytics believes that some of the technologies detailed here, such
as flexible device components and device materials absorbing energy from the
sun and ambient radio energy, will start to reach market in 5-7 years, while
other areas such as nano-sensors and completely flexible devices will take
BOTTOM LINE: Nokia & others are getting first access to technology that will
revolutionize electronic devices form & function. Others will buy components,
but risk being behind in understanding the implications for hardware
integration and design.
Table of Contents
Table of Functions and Technologies
Speculations, Opportunities & Broader Implications
Nokia's "Morph" Vision
Nokia's NanoTech Research Agenda
NanoTech Demonstrations in Sept 2010
NanoTech-Related Patent Applications
- Patents from Cambridge alliance
- Non-Nokia patents from collaborating researchers
- Patents from other Nokia research centers
Other NanoTech-Related Research
Analysis: Agenda and Results