Friday, 6 May 2011

A Paper Phone?

Could the future of mobile phones by paper thin? That's researchers at Canada Queens University. They have created a prototype device that is 'printed' on a sheet of material that is no thicker than a sheet of paper, and is just as flexible.

To interact with the phone users will bend, fold and write on the device. The creator DR Joel Vertegaal is quoted by the BBC as saying "Everything is going to look and feel like this within five years".

The display works using e-ink. This is the technology that is used in e-book readers such as Amazon's Kindle. This display is touch sensitive.

The PaperPhone prototype will be displayed at the Computer Human Interaction Conference in Vancouver. Joining it will be a multi-purpose device called the Snaplet. This is a strip of similar materials as that used in the PaperPhone - it is to be worn as a bracelet. When it is flattened out it will have the functions of a PDA, when it is wrapped around the wrist it will work as a watch and when it is bent the other way it will be a phone.

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