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The ReFlex is a smartphone prototype with a flexible display

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The ReFlex is a smartphone prototype with a flexible display
The ReFlex is a smartphone prototype that combines an LG bendable 6-inch 720 x 1280 FOLED screen with multitouch capabilities and a sensor which can determine how much the screen is bent. Unveiled by the Queen’s University Human Media Lab, the ReFlex uses the flexible screen to initiate certain features. For example, while holding down the right side of the display, online pages will flip through fingers from right to left just like they would on a book in real life.

With Android 4.4 pre-installed on the prototype, the flexible screen tries to stay realistic, adhering to the laws of physics. For example, the more you bend the screen, the faster the pages of the eBook will flip. Playing Angry Birds, you can bend the screen in order to flex the slingshot. With the use of haptic feedback, you will be able to feel the slingshot tightening, or the pages turning on an eBook. The feedback allows you to navigate your location on an online document without looking at the screen.

The ReFlex will be introduced today at a convention in the Netherlands dealing with interactions between computers and humans. Those involved in the creation of the device say that it is five years away from being commercially available. In the meantime, click on the video below to see the ReFlex in action.



source: QueensUniversity via Engadget

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posted on 17 Feb 2016, 17:26 1

1. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2020; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Pretty damn cool.

posted on 17 Feb 2016, 22:25

16. carlemillward (unregistered)


It is a bit similar to this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQ-vIG2NU2E

posted on 17 Feb 2016, 17:30

2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10434; Member since: 14 May 2012)


This is awesome. Flexible OLED displays is definitely something I'm looking forward to in the future.

posted on 17 Feb 2016, 17:32

3. Dee79 (Posts: 280; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Anything what needs to keep being bent or moved will wear and tear.

posted on 17 Feb 2016, 18:40

10. UglyFrank (Posts: 1580; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


That's why they spend years testing these things before releasing them.

posted on 17 Feb 2016, 17:46 1

4. Ilikkaman (banned) (Posts: 39; Member since: 29 Dec 2015)


Your just mad because there is no krapple on it

posted on 17 Feb 2016, 17:47 1

5. MrHate (Posts: 217; Member since: 09 Feb 2015)


I mean being honest that looks pretty useless and at least how it is presented in the video just another huge gimmick that will die out quickly.

posted on 17 Feb 2016, 18:10

6. Joseph96 (Posts: 29; Member since: 08 Feb 2016)


LG 4 Life

posted on 17 Feb 2016, 18:15

7. vijay.alapati (Posts: 133; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)


so its a upgraded G Flex 2

posted on 17 Feb 2016, 18:28 1

8. xondk (Posts: 1202; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Interesting though I wonder how practical it is.

posted on 17 Feb 2016, 18:36

9. lyndon420 (Posts: 3840; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Nice concept that's obviously in its infancy. It will be neat to see how this evolves after 5 years.

posted on 17 Feb 2016, 19:14

11. bossman (Posts: 45; Member since: 27 Jan 2016)


This can be a new shift in smartphone technology.

posted on 17 Feb 2016, 19:19

12. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2154; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Only practical use case of bendable screens I can think of is transforming a SmartPhone into a Tablet. These use cases they demoed look gimmicky. I'd rather just jump to the page number than flip through multiple pages. If I don't know the page number a single quick swipe is sufficient to go through pages quickly while keeping an eye out for relevant page marks.

posted on 17 Feb 2016, 21:58

13. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8344; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Isn't this what Samsung demonstrated as something they too are working on?

I mean they have curved displays. Now just make them bigger and bend more.

posted on 17 Feb 2016, 22:05

14. Awaragardiyan (Posts: 124; Member since: 17 May 2012)


i remember nokia showcased something similar at their nokia world event

posted on 17 Feb 2016, 22:13

15. Awaragardiyan (Posts: 124; Member since: 17 May 2012)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAEy0iojhF8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZO6ZmQyMTo

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 01:00

17. Jimrod (Posts: 982; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


It's all very pointless until ALL the components can bend, eg - battery. Or you end up with a phone like the one in the article with all the hardware stuck at the ends and is HUGE.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 03:19

18. Trakker (Posts: 283; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


Cool idea but 100% gimmick at the moment.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 05:05

19. Moose (Posts: 239; Member since: 05 Jan 2015)


I can't imagine any benefits of having a bendable phone. Why not one that emits attractive aromas or bird songs?

posted on 06 Apr 2016, 11:46

20. Vonderbar (Posts: 2; Member since: 06 Apr 2016)


I'd be very interested in lightweight, wearable technology. No more lugging around anything of size or extra weight nor having to worry about my portable armband device being stolen the moment I'm busy looking elsewhere. I think the ReFlex prototype is great in that it's lightweight, flexible, and especially because it utilizes haptic feedback (making any interaction feel more realistic and/or "old school." Definitely don't feel that it'll take five years to get this type of concept into the marketplace as similar prototypes are popping up all over the place now. I've also seen another wearable armband-type device, the Wove Band Flexible Display (can be seen on YouTube); the backing of which looks a bit "clunky" but perhaps this feature would enable it to have a much longer lifespan. A lightweight, very comfortable to wear, very clear to read, and very user-friendly/voice activated/wireless listening enabled armband-style personal computing device would be a dream come true for me. Can't wait.

posted on 06 Apr 2016, 12:10

21. Vonderbar (Posts: 2; Member since: 06 Apr 2016)


Remember the January 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, where LG debuted the world's first and only flexible 77" OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) TV? (And how just before that show was set to open, its rival Samsung held a press conference surprising everyone with their 85-inch bendable LED LCD TV announcement.) I remember wondering back then why anyone would want a flexible TV? Safety reasons, for sure, was my first thought since the larger smart TVs are so much lighter in weight for their size and way more easy to topple over and hurt someone, not to mention become more easily damaged. And the portability factor: How great to one day be able to roll up your TV and be able to take it anywhere with you without it being damaged along the way?

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