04. 21. 2009
Kyocera trots out a gorgeous new foldable OLED cellphone
It is as portable as your wallet, runs on kinetic energy and sports an expansive screen that would put the best touchscreens to shame. In short, maker Kyocera has every reason to be boastful about this latest kinetic energy powered cellphone called the Kyocera EOS, which takes the future of cellphone design a notch or two higher with respect to creativity.
The EOS, designed by Susan McKinney, is a clamshell phone which can be folded up into a form factor equivalent to a wallet or clutch-purse thanks to a flexible OLED screen. When in use as a cellphone, the soft, semi-rigid polymer "living" skin which surrounds the display transforms itself into a keypad that dissolves right back once you are done. At other times, you can unfold the phone to the complete extent of its massive screen and live out your fantasies. Perhaps the best part of this phone is that it gets its juice from human interaction - the more you use it, the more it loads up on battery. Don't see it yet ? The kinetic power means we will finally get to stop cussing at phones that go dead when we most need them. Isn't that such a relief.
While we are having fun imagining how much better our lives would be with this one, some busy bees from the Kyocera teams at San Diego and Bangalore are working their heads off trying to get this early EOS design into a reality in their future cellphone lineup.
More images after the jump.