05. 06. 2011
Flexible paper phone uses "bend gestures"
This new "paper" phone developed by research teams at the Queen's University in Canada and Arizona State University is operated by a series of so-called bend gestures.
Using an E-Ink display like the kind find on kindle devices, the phone can be bent into a range of different positions. The software then detects how the material has been bent and once repeated it triggers a specific action. So for instance, to make a call you'd bend the bottom left part of the screen, or to view your phone book you'd bend the top right.
At the moment the device is only a prototype, but according to the creators it does just as much as a regular smart phone. It looks like an interesting concept and the lightweight material may certainly appeal to certain users. However, it'd be strange to have to get used to bending the device as apposed to using a touchscreen or a keypad.