A touchscreen for the Abominable Snowman

While iPhone and Android continue to carve up the smartphone market, Finnish mobile giant Nokia pursues its own enigmatic plans. The most recent innovation: a system for turning a wall of ice into a touchscreen. It won’t be much use in the tropical climates of the developing world, where its simple, rugged 1100 model rules. The video hints at practical uses for the technology in colder climes, a claim that strikes me as suspect at best. But it will likely light up a few White Night festivals in a frosty city near you—or better yet, to provide an interface for narwhals researching climate change under arctic ice.

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