New mobile touchscreen device resembles an ancient scroll



A research team at Queen's University went back to the past in order to look to the future. The team created a prototype of a new type of connected mobile product. Not exactly a tablet, and not really a phone (although it can make calls), the MagicScroll is a cylinder with a flexible touchscreen that rolls out as needed. Think of those movies where a Knight on horseback opens up a scroll that contains the King's latest proclamation.

The MagicScroll features a 7.5-inch flexible touchscreen with a 2K resolution that is rolled out of a cylinder created by a 3D printer. Components, such as the motherboard, are placed inside the cylinder. As we noted, the device can be used as a phone when the screen is rolled back up into the plastic housing. The product also is equipped with a camera, and can be set to spin or move around when a notification is received.


According to Dr. Roel Vertegaal, who is the Director of the University's Human Media Labs, the goal is to shrink down the device to the size of a pen so that it can be carried in a shirt pocket. Dr. Vertegaal also says that the project reveals that screens don't have to be flat, and that in the future, anything can be a screen. As a example, he said that a reusable coffee cup could be made from a screen that allows you to order your daily coffee before arriving at the coffee shop. In this manner, the Doctor says that the team is exploring how objects can become the apps.

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9 Comments

1. worldpeace

Posts: 3049; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

"the goal is to shrink down the device to the size of a pen" That's a looong way to go...

3. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3930; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I imagine it's already possible to shrink it to less than half the size of the prototype they are using, that thing is currently huge buty if a big tech company Samsung ect was making it they would shrink the size by more than 50% real quick.

6. worldpeace

Posts: 3049; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Yeah, shrinking the logic board or stack them is already possible, and Samsung already make foldable screen that have smaller bending radius, but battery tech is still a problem.

2. irbaaz

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Sorry but that Big Roll / on touch screen flexes.

4. JayBEE

Posts: 164; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

This is what I'd love to see in my next phone. Sammy, what's up?!

5. Phullofphil

Posts: 1730; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

That thing is a joke of a device. Why on ear th would you want this. Look how choppy it is.

7. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1059; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Wow, are you really that dense? This is all about seeing what's possible.

8. Sealblaighter

Posts: 412; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

The only problem with this device, is you can not put it in your pocket(I am saying this prototype is too big).

9. odachek

Posts: 100; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

This is so horrible!...Look at the way he touches the screen, so bouncy, not a good touchscreen feeling although some men like bouncy feel;P

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