Nokia Gem concept phone begs to be touched

The Nokia Gem concept is an all-touch-screen phone that changes every time you use a different function.

(Credit:
Nokia)

If Nokia has its way, bendable cell phones will just be the beginning.

Today, on the 25th anniversary of the Nokia Research Center‘s founding, the Finnish handset manufacturer introduced a new concept phone whose entire body is a touch screen.

Dubbed the Nokia Gem because “precious stones have several sides,” the front, back, and sides of the phone are an interactive display that changes depending on what function you’re using at a given time.

For example, if you’re using a navigation app on the Gem, you can have an overview map on one side of the phone and then flip it over to see a more detailed map view of your current location. Another instance shown in the video below is taking a photo and then using the touch-screen interface to wrap the entire image around the handset as a custom wallpaper.

Since there are no physical buttons on the phone, gestures are used to call up certain apps (think drawing a circle to launch the camera). You can also drag and drop icons from … [Read more]

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