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Nokia Eco Sensor Concept

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Nokia Eco Sensor Concept

I’ m grateful to the guys at Ecospace for drawing my attention to this little baby. The boffins at Nokia have come up with a piece of kit that has the potential to extend the capabilities of mobile technology to a completely new level. Or it might prove a complete non-starter that never sees the light of day. Whatever, as with the car industry, it’s a fair bet that what actually hits the shops will be nothing like this prototype.

Nokia’s key concept is to combine a mobile phone and a compatible sensing device, enabling you to “stay connected to your friends and loved ones, as well as to your health and local environment”. Applications in the frame at the moment include the local environment, e.g. weather conditions, UV levels or atmospheric pollution, and the user’s health (blood pressure, pulse rate etc), with more to follow. Perhaps they’ll develop a plugin Geiger counter. According to Nokia “You can also share the environmental data your sensing device collects and view other users’ shared data, thereby increasing your global environmental awareness”. One has to wonder why we would want to, other than giving us something new to put on our Facebook site.

Apart from being a solution in search of a problem, the Eco Sensor Concept is interesting for its ‘green’ credentials, incorporating the 3 R’s of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. The use of printed electronics reduces the size of electronic components. Bio-materials such as PLA plastics and elastomers reduce the use of non-renewable inputs and require less energy. The case will be made from 100% recycled steel. The electrowetting display will use less energy than conventional screens. The remote sensor will incorporate solar cells, and may also employ kinetic or heat energy from the user.

And apparently it’s a phone too. Not quite in the “I Want One Of Those” league yet, though.


Written by Pete Smith

December 13, 2007 at 3:42 pm

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  1. > collects and view other users’ shared data …

    Guess it’s another thing people will be able to compare so postcodes can be further ranked as safe/unsafe/down-right- hazardous-for-your-little-ones. 🙂


    December 13, 2007 at 4:16 pm

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