Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Flexible Paper Made Smart Phone!

Posted by Shiva Gouraram | Tuesday, January 10, 2012 | Category: , |

The future is more smart and flexible! The new Paper Phone prototype shown off  the future of mobile devices. New Paper Phone created by research teams at Queen’s University in Canada and Arizona State University. Its a 9.5-centimeter (diagonal) screen is actually a lightweight flexible display and feel similar to a bendable piece of plastic. It does everything a smartphone does.

The Paper Phone is best described as a flexible iPhone. The Paper Phone can store books, play music or make phone calls and being able to store and interact with documents on larger versions of these light, flexible computers means offices will no longer require paper or printers. It uses an E-Ink display and works by bending the phone into different positions to make calls, use apps, and listen to music. When you want to make a call you simply bend the device's surface and squeeze the appropriate symbols.

According to creator roel vertegaal, the director of queen’s university human media lab, "This is the future. everything is going to look and feel like this within five years. this computer looks, feels and operates like a small sheet of interactive paper. you interact with it by bending it into a cell phone, flipping the corner to turn pages, or writing on it with a pen. We don’t see any camera as of yet, so it’s missing a feature that’s extremely popular with smartphones, but we know it’s in the early stages, so that could be added in the future.”

In Paper Phone you can chooses the shape for each function. For example, you can choose to bend the upper-right corner to make a call, or bend the lower left to listen to music. These shapes are then recorded into the software, and when repeated, they send the appropriate action to the device.

Dr. vertegaal will unveil his paper computer on may 10 at 2 pm at the association of computing machinery’s chi 2011 (computer human interaction) conference in vancouver — the premier international conference of human-computer interaction.


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