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[PCAuth.com.au] Scientists unveil paper-thin, bending smartphones

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Interactive “paper computers†could change the way tablets and mobile phones are designed within five years, according to researchers.

The technology is based on a flexible E Ink display which can be programmed to react in different ways when the screen is flexed.

In the concept model – dubbed the PaperPhone – academics from Canada's Queen's University navigated the menus by flexing the corner of the 3.7in page and selected apps and songs stored on the phone by bending the page in a different direction.
It's going to be interesting to see how things turn out over the next ten years I think, 2012 permitting


Source: http://www.pcauthority.com.au/News/2...ily_newsletter

EDIT: Well bummer.... This is a repost apparently, my bad guys
Other thread: http://www.overclock.net/technology-...ter-shows.html

Thanks for the heads up
Edited by Tha_Real_Smurf - 5/6/11 at 1:38am
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post #2 of 20
meh just make it touch screen
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kinda reminds me of the iris concept phone
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Didn't Nokia already have a concept of this years ago, that could wrap around your wrist?
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Touch screens seem much nicer to me, we just need tablets this thin.
 
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post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by AK-47 View Post
meh just make it touch screen
Certainly should be possible. Capacitive sense technology can be built into plastic membranes, so this shouldn't be an issue. The engineering is non-trivial, of course, but not exceptionally difficult.
post #8 of 20
It is as if they are trying to troll "how to use your cell-phone". Why would they want to make a user face so difficult and accident prone? You're going to be making calls while it is in your pocket.

Make it touch.
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It is as if they are trying to troll "how to use your cell-phone". Why would they want to make a user face so difficult and accident prone? You're going to be making calls while it is in your pocket.

Make it touch.
It's an experiment. This is how progress happens.

1. New idea!
2. Idea is stupid.
3. Start over.



1. New idea!
2. Idea isn't stupid!
3. Build prototype
4. Test prototype
5. Build new, improved prototype
6. Test prototype on public
7. Take public feedback
8. Integrate feedback into new prototype, take to trade show
9. Make grand promises about how your product will change the world.
10. Get bought by Google.
11. PROFIT!!!!!
post #10 of 20
I guess touchscreens weren't inaccurate enough for them. That thing looks tedious. I can just imagine now someone has the idea of typing with it. Bend it to advance one letter of the alphabet, bend it back to move to the next letter in the word...

The only thing I can see this working for is books. Maybe turning pages with it or something.
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