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PaperPhone – this latest concept could outperform smartphones

Paperphone

Bendable technology is an exciting concept that’s making headway in the electronics industry. A new prototype aptly called PaperPhone, created by researchers at Queens University’s Human Media Lab, is a flexible thin-film phone that could definitely make smartphones obsolete.

More portable that any current mobile computer, by bending the super-thin film, it activates different cell phone commands, then stores the movement in memory so that the next time you bend it that way, it activates the command. Bend the corners to turn a page, squeeze to make a call, and even write on it with a pen. Like a smartphone, it stores books, plays music and makes phone calls. But the display is 3.7″ diagonal thin-film flexible E Ink display that doesn’t consume electricity when it’s not refreshed.

Introduced on May 10, 2012 at the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, this paper computer is a giant and fun step forward in what technology can be. Let’s hope it makes it to the marketplace!

Debra Atlas is a freelance environmental writer and eco-enthusiast based in Northern California, and is the Red Ferret’s Ecological Editor. Debra looks for the upside of eco-change – what’s positive, making a difference. She hunts down those interesting things cooked up by creative minds, especially if they’re strange and eccentric.

Debra Atlas – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


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