Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Nokia Eco Sensor Concept, Stay in touch with your health and local environment

While the rest of Nokia’s R&D staff are probably busy cranking out S60 Touch-related demonstrations for the CES 2008 conference in a few weeks, the futurists in Espoo have come up with this touch-esque concept you see here. The Nokia Eco Sensor concept is a mobile phone, that much is obvious. But it also packs in a suite of sensors to monitor your health as well as your environment, like the name suggests - which makes it obvious as well.

The Concept

The concept consists of two parts – a wearable sensor unit which can sense and analyze your environment, health, and local weather conditions, and a dedicated mobile phone.

The sensor unit will be worn on a wrist or neck strap made from solar cells that provide power to the sensors. NFC (near field communication) and RFID (radio frequency identification) technologies will relay information from the sensors to the phone or to other devices that support RFID technology.

Both the phone and the sensor unit will be as compact as possible to minimize material use, and those materials used in the design will be renewable and/or reclaimed. Technologies used inside the phone and sensor unit will also help save energy.

Stay in touch with your health and local environment
To help make you more aware of your health and local environmental conditions, the Nokia Eco Sensor Concept will include a separate, wearable sensing device with detectors that collect environment, health, and/or weather data.

You will be able to choose which sensors you would like to have inside the sensing device, thereby customizing the device to your needs and desires. For example, you could use the device as a “personal trainee” if you were to choose a heart-rate monitor and motion detector (for measuring your walking pace).

All materials used in the super-green Eco Sencor concept are to be made using eco-conscious fabrication methods - recycled goods, printed circuits, and bio-materials. The Nokia 3110 Evolve was a good eco-start, we’re hoping Nokia takes it to the next level with the Eco Sensor.

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