by Kevin Gilmartin
The future’s bright. The future’s…a bright green Nokia? That can’t be right!
Well actually, according to the Nokia Conversations blog, it’s entirely possible. The Finnish tech giant has joined a number of research centres of excellence around Europe in the study of a futuristic material called graphene.
Graphene is, according to its Wiki entry, “an allotrope [different chemical form of the same element] of carbon, whose structure is one-atom-thick planar sheets of sp2-bonded carbon atoms that are densely packed in a honeycomb crystal lattice.”
Basically, it’s really, really, thin yet strong sheets of carbon.
The research team contains four Nobel prize winners; Dr. Andre Geim and Dr. Konstantin Novoselov with Dr. K. von Klitzing and Dr. A. Fert on the advisory board.
Joining Nokia and the Nobel laureates (it sounds like a posh indie band!) are a list of leading European experts in graphene including the Chalmers University of Technology, the University of Manchester, the University of Lancaster, the University of Cambridge, AMO Gmbh, the Catalan institute of Nanotechnology, the Italian research council and the European Science foundation.
Nokia are interested in this material as part of their “future disruptions” programme, whereby they hope to drastically alter the future shape of technology markets. They believe they can use graphene and other nanotechnologies to create devices such as their Nokia Morph concept device.
I say “device” because it’s rather difficult to categories exactly what this thing would be, it’s a phone and a tablet all in one. Confused? Don’t blame you. Check out the rather gorgeous concept video below, and don’t even try to tell us it doesn’t excite you a little bit.