Do cell phones really need to be thinner, smaller, and bendable?
A pocket-sized computer as thin and flexible as a sheet of paper is set to be unveiled next week. While it’s just a prototype, the researchers say the bendy souped-up smartphone could revolutionize the way we interact with computers.
Called PaperPhone, the new device is a flexible version of e-ink, the digital ink screen found in e-readers such as the Amazon Kindle.
“This computer looks, feels and operates like a small sheet of interactive paper,” said lead PaperPhone creator Roel Vertegaal, the director of Queen’s University Human Media Lab. “You interact with it by bending it into a cell phone, flipping the corner to turn pages, or writing on it with a pen.”
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This is interesting technology but, in my opinion, it’s a solution looking for a problem. It seems to me that using “bending” commands would require more physical effort than pushing, pinching, or sliding fingers across a touchscreen.
/then again, what do I know, I don’t even own a cell phone
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