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

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



1. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

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

5. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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

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

2. Laurynas unregistered

OLED technology doesn't have a future.

4. calamazoo unregistered

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

6. Laurynas unregistered

No, I'm not.

10. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 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+

13. Laurynas unregistered

I'm not about that.

14. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

then what are you about?

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.

21. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

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

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.

23. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

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!

27. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 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?

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.

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.

36. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

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

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.

33. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 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.

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

31. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

I have the Samsung wave s8500 and there is absolutely no problem at all with burn in effect. Thats just rubbish talk !

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.

37. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011


3. calamazoo unregistered

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

7. Hallucinator

Posts: 391; Member since: May 24, 2010

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

15. Moag unregistered

LOL. Damn funny.

43. Phoneguy007

Posts: 218; Member since: Jun 02, 2011


8. dandirk

Posts: 187; Member since: Aug 04, 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.

9. Dark4o90

Posts: 205; Member since: Feb 20, 2011


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