Dropping your cell phone is a big deal. For most of us it happens sooner or later, with luck dividing us into those standing on carpet and those standing on cement.
Dropping phones might not be an issue in the future if a current line of research Nokia is pursuing takes off. Dr. Stephanie Lacour of the Nokia Research Centre in Cambridge demonstrates a “stretchable electronic skin” that could one day be the form phones come in, in which case we’d be wearing them rather than holding them, and dropping them would be more like dropping a handkerchief than a crystal dish.
Next we’re hoping someone can address the far more common issue of dropped calls.