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PaperPhone can be rolled up, and its Android OS - navigated by bending

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PaperPhone can be rolled up, and its Android OS - navigated by bending
In what we see as one more step towards our dream bendable phone, researchers at Queens University Human Media Lab in Ontario, Canada, demonstrated a flexible display gizmo, whose software can be navigated by different bending gestures like flexing the screen's corners.

The inventors call this PaperPhone, but the concept can also be used in other portable devices, like tablet computers. "This computer looks, feels and operates like a small sheet of interactive paper. You interact with it by bending it into a cellphone, flipping the corner to turn pages or writing on it with a pen. It can be best described as a flexible iPhone", commented creator Roel Vertegaal, the director of the Human Media Lab.

From what we see in the pictures and video below, this thing is actually running some sort of Android, and the idea about flexing the screen around to invoke actions from the mobile OS can certainly come in handy - if you are wearing gloves, for instance. In the research paper PDF there appears to be a whole set of suggested bend gesture movements for various navigational functions, based on user input, so you can hit the source link for some bedtime reading on the matter.

While we are seeing some pretty rigid contraption to be attached to the PaperPhone, where presumably some of the non-elastic circuitry is, the flexible E-ink display, which transfers its shape-shifting into software commands, is a step in the right direction for our dream future of bendable smartphones. We'd still place our screen type preferences on Samsung, with its foldable AMOLED screen concept that doesn't leave a crease in the middle, but perhaps the bending gesture idea can co-exist in concepts like the Samsung Skin, coupled with those flexible transparent batteries as well.

source: HumanMediaLab via LATimes


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posted on 05 Aug 2011, 07:14 4

1. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


This is not the future.
The future is with touchscreens !

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 07:37 3

5. protozeloz (Posts: 5372; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


this is just a basic concept it can be made touch, Samsung is also working on this this is an example that you can also use bending gestures to navigate thought the UI

posted on 10 Aug 2011, 16:23

44. urfullofbs (unregistered)


TOUCHSCREENS are so yesterday, try typing on them, they suck and touchscreens have been around since dawn of fax machines, they been in use over 30years ago, probably older then you are! TOUCHSCREENS ARE SO YESTERDAY! Here is a history lesson for you ,, you should feel OLD by now with your silly touch screen!!
Historians consider the first touch screen to be a capacitive touch screen invented by E.A. Johnson at the Royal Radar Establishment, Malvern, UK, around 1965 - 1967

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 07:23 1

2. Laurynas (unregistered)


OLED technology doesn't have a future.

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 07:34 7

4. calamazoo (unregistered)


hehe, dude, are you working for an LCD maker?

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 07:43 1

6. Laurynas (unregistered)


No, I'm not.

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 09:29 4

10. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


dude, why you be hatin' on OLED screens?
my SGS2's S-AMOLED+ screen beats just about every LCD screen in the world, in terms of contrast, color reproduction, and thinness.
and don't get started on blue shade instead of white, the shade is so fain't you don't notice it.
and gingerbread has loads of BLACK backgrounds, which extend battery life.
LCD's are good, but they suck when compared to S-AMOLED+

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 10:33 1

13. Laurynas (unregistered)


I'm not about that.

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 10:41 3

14. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


then what are you about?

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 11:23 2

16. Laurynas (unregistered)


AMOLED screens are based on OLED technology, OLED technology is based on organic compounds and organic compounds is weak place of it. So, you can be sure that in the near future organic compounds will be changed with something more practical.

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 14:04

21. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


me no care, as long as i have better quality on my amoled +, i'm good with it

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 14:31 1

24. Laurynas (unregistered)


Strange that you don't care that your smartphone screen can get "Burn-In" effect and has relatively short lifetime. Also screens based on OLED technology lose their brightness faster than any other screens.

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 14:30

23. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the organic compounds are just fine. they just need to refine the process. OLED may not be the best answer for long term TV usage, but cell phones normally only stick around for 1-3 years before they end up in the trash. Way shorter than the assumptive shelf life of OLED.

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 14:36 1

25. Laurynas (unregistered)


Talking about "Burn-In" effect:

Some time ago I have searched some information about a AMOLED screens and its "Burn-In" effect and I have found a forum with a vote poll. Voted about a 200 "SAMSUNG Wave (S8500)" users and about 35% of them was telling that their screens are affected by "Burn-In" effect. And they was claiming that they have noticed "Burn-In" effect on their screens approximately after 3-4 month of usage! Also I have read that "SAMSUNG Galaxy S (I9000)" screens also relatively fast gets "Burn-In" effect.

Nokia C7 - Purple Screen issue.
Nokia N8 - Purple Screen issue.
SAMSUNG Wave (S8500) - Relatively fast get "Burn-In" effect.
SAMSUNG Galaxy S (I9000) - Relatively fast get "Burn-In" effect.
SAMSUNG Galaxy S II (I9100) - Screen Yellowish problem.
Also there is other examples with other devices...

And all thise devices use screens based on OLED technology!

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 15:02

27. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


meh, my Samsung omnia 7, my old T-mo Vibrant, my bro's N8, and my current SGS2 never had this kind of problem.
the burn in effect doesn't seem to affect me, for some reason so i'll make good use of it.
Plus, my 40" Samsung LED TV, although not using OLED, still has awesome picture quality and contrast.
Laurynas, may i ask which phone you use?

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 15:35 1

29. Laurynas (unregistered)


@wassup
"Plus, my 40" Samsung LED TV, although not using OLED, still has awesome picture quality and contrast."

Your LED TV doesn't have anything to do with OLED.

"Laurynas, may i ask which phone you use?"

Not iPhone.

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 18:41

34. G-Reg (unregistered)


The near future is oled.. thats a fact. And the fact you cant name the tech that will take its place just drives my point even more. Yes you have your facts straight, but not reality. Do you really think major companies out there care about your small % of issues. If anything, they like it so you will buy another. Team that with the fact they can make a 50in oled tv in 2 min factory time.... your wrong. Accept it. It may not be what YOU want, but unfortunitly the world isnt on your payroll.

posted on 06 Aug 2011, 05:01 1

36. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5474; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


First get some knowledge about OLED and only then try to argue.

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 15:38 1

30. Laurynas (unregistered)


I'm not a fan of any brand.
And what I'm saying about OLED technology is not my opinion or something, it is technical facts.

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 16:28 1

33. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


meh, i don't care. i replace phones every 6 months, to 1 year depending on how much i like it.

so burn-in effect wouldn't really be a problem :)

aniways, unlike some other posters,you post facts. i respect you for that.

posted on 06 Aug 2011, 09:16 1

38. the icrap destroyer (unregistered)


sorry but imma have to agree with laurynas, the life span of an oled screen is half of the lcd, you can research it anywhere, oled is temporary, its like the new latest thing and in a few years it will die out. now LED is a completly different story thats the future but as for cell phones the lcd is still the reigning champ in durability and performance, and the htc sensation, htc evo 3d can prove its quality just saying

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 15:52 1

31. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


I have the Samsung wave s8500 and there is absolutely no problem at all with burn in effect.

Thats just rubbish talk !

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 18:49 3

35. G-Reg (unregistered)


And they are still being used!!! They are cheap to make. thats what companies want. Your arguement would be much better on some tv forum where they keep those devices for 3 years plus. Ive been selling these horrible(sarcasim, get it?) oled screen phones since they have came out and not ONE has come back showing these problems. Im not saying they dont exist, but lets just look at reality. If the public isnt in a up roar, big boss wont give a crap.

Dont make me keep bashing you, I enjoy it to much and your ignorance on the reality of the situation gives me to much fuel.

posted on 06 Aug 2011, 05:05 1

37. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5474; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Off-topic!

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 07:23 3

3. calamazoo (unregistered)


slapping a touch layer on this thing seems pretty easy...

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 07:55 9

7. Hallucinator (Posts: 341; Member since: 24 May 2010)


I think my boys over at Apple have already patented paper so we can just sue anyone who uses this.

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 10:45 5

15. Moag (unregistered)


LOL. Damn funny.

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 17:23

43. Phoneguy007 (Posts: 218; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)


lol!!!!!!!!!

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 08:56

8. dandirk (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Aug 2011)


I think this is a good concept, but I don't think it will be used solely for phones/screens. It just doesn't seem it would be useful.

Just think you go to try and press an iconand the thing bends and messes you up by slipping and pressing 2 other icons.

Though the tech will be cool in conjunction with current offerings. The clamshell will come back offering larger screen at the same in-pocket size. Tablets will be smaller with a rollout screen etc.

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 09:12 1

9. Dark4o90 (Posts: 205; Member since: 20 Feb 2011)


boooring

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 09:41 3

11. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


showing it off for smartphones is nice, but that looks more like what the nook version 4 or 5 would look like. That would be really neat for an eReader.

The stuff they are doing these days is keewwwl.

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 09:59 2

12. dick (unregistered)


stupit video

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 11:52

17. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


wow they called it a flexible iphone lol!!!

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 12:51 1

18. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


boring .. next article

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 14:06

22. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


GALLITOKING! the iDisease has taken over you!
only apple articles will interest you from now on!
:P
#p.s
jus kidding. how ya doing?

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 14:45

26. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


you know what .. you are right.. i have been focusing on the moto freaking Bionic and Apple... i will go back to basics on Monday... but you know what this is too much for me.. I mean paper phones.. I will loose that phone within seconds.. thats why My DX can bee seen from the moon... I am doing good.. thank you for asking...

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 15:06

28. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


my SGS2 while lying flat on the ground can be seen from jupiter! damn that thing is awesome :P
not really interested in the iP5 or bionic really :/

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 13:44 2

19. xenover (Posts: 171; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Seen this..
Not impressive and mostly pointless.

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 14:01 1

20. biscutbob (Posts: 82; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


Its like a flexable iPhone? wtf is running android .. even the guy who invented it doesnt know what to call it what a dumbass thing to say lol

posted on 06 Aug 2011, 09:49

39. GeckoHA559 (Posts: 47; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


You'll be swiping through the menu and then it will blow out of your hand with a strong breeze.

posted on 06 Aug 2011, 09:54

40. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


too much work and not efficient.

posted on 06 Aug 2011, 12:24

41. heezyy (unregistered)


It's a prototype. Am sure the Iphone prototype was simular in some way.

posted on 06 Aug 2011, 13:46

42. Paden (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)


Bending gestures? Seriously?

I was excited at first to see it, but the demo makes it look foolish.

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