Could the PaperPhone change the way we do mobile devices?

by Mark R

I think we all know that consumer electronics companies are struggling to make their devices thinner and thinner. We all know where this is heading, to a future era where every piece of paper is like a tablet PC, like on the failed Caprica TV series.

This PaperPhone seems ready for that era, and it takes it a step further with a bendable interface. You can see what it is like on a video after the jump, but it really isn’t like anything that is on current mobile phones or tablets.

Not to be too much of a spoiler, but I was confused with how the user can bend certain corners in order to produce different functions. It seems to have some touchscreen capability, which comes in handy when making a phone call. I could see how flicking a corner can advance a track on the music player mode, but I don’t know how simple to use this would be. It’s not like the touch interface of the iPad that has become so popular.

The technology used to make the PaperPhone is already here, as it is same found in the Amazon Kindle e-reader, which is millimeters thick. It is under development by researchers from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, Arizona State University, and the E-Ink Corporation. So, is this bendable touchscreen display the “must have” tech of the future? We shall see.


4 reviews or comments

Robert Says: May 9, 2011 at 1:33 pm

This is pretty cool. The thing is the refresh rate still isn’t good enough for video playback and games. Also the color isn’t as crisp as with an LCD screen. I think this will be good for a new kind of feature phone or for people who just want a thin phone to say they have a thin phone. I don’t think it’ll become big until they have the flexible OLED screens or they make the color and refresh rate better with E-Ink screens.

I am excited to see quality thin flexible phones. I would love to have a phone like on Earth: Final Conflict’s Global. A phone that has a roll out touch screen. I don’t think we’ll have phones like in Caperica any time soon, but I can see a Global like communication device in the next 2-5 years.

daniyal Says: May 11, 2011 at 12:58 am

paper phone is cool but it is so thin that it can split into two pieces easily however if it become flexible too then it is more beneficial

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