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.