First up, the Nokia Kinetic is not a real phone, rather it is a design concept, dreamt up in 2010 by Jeremy Innes-Hopkins, while a student at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design.
The design brief, was to “design a playful phone for 2012”. In addition to his own design skills, Innes-Hopkins had as his tutor Silas Grant, a former senior designer at Nokia.
It’s a very clean, great looking (concept) phone, isn’t it? But looks alone aren’t the kicker here. Notice the bulge at the bottom of the Kinetic? Inside there, Innes-Hopkins proposes in his design, is an electromagnet.
What the electromagnet does is to have the phone stand up from a prone position when, for instance, you receive a call. You look at the screen, and if you don’t want to take the call, or have it go through to messagebank, you give the phone a little push with your finger and the phone returns to its prone position.
The idea is that it performs this action for text messages, alarms, reminders, video calls… a neat trick. I’d like to think you could add sound effects to the phone as it moves between the prone and upright positions.