Just when we thought the size of cell phones have reached a point from where they can’t shrink anymore, we are proved wrong yet again. With the PaperPhones, mobile technology continues to astound us with futuristic gadgets and equipments that seem to be straight out of a Mission Impossible movie. Well, grabbing a PaperPhone, with its almost-transparent display that is flexible and can transform itself into a variety of gadgets, will give you a ticket to the future.
Coming from the researchers of Canada’s Queen’s University and the Arizona State University, PaperPhone is very thin and flexible. How thin? With a 9.5cm diagonal screen, you might as well be holding a sheet of paper. And yes, you can do everything with this phone: Sending text messages, making calls, listening to music and watching videos.
How Paper Phone Works?
Are you still wondering how this super flexible PaperPhone works? Paper Phone has a flexible plastic electronic ink display. Circuit having bend-sensors are present under the screen. These bend sensors are programmed in a way that makes them recognize bending gestures. When you bend the super-thin film different commands are activated. The phone stores these movements for future use. The next time you bend the phone in the same way, the same command gets activated. Bend the corners or give your phone a squeeze, your phone will take these gestures as commands and store them in its memory. There’s a Wacom tablet inside the phone that allows you to even draw on it using a pen.
The best part of the phone apart from its almost unbreakable quality is it doesn’t consume electricity when not in use. Only when you nudge will it come to life.
Although the PaperPhone makes you stop in your tracks and wonder at the speed technology is advancing, there are certain basic features that are apparently missing. The phone being as thin as a paper, provision for a headphone, a SIM card or even a USB are completely absent. As expected the picture quality on the PaperPhone is nowhere near smartphones. That alone may make the PaperPhone all the more difficult to market.
With each bend you can use it as a phone, a watch or a PDA. And it is better for the environment, so here’s hope that the PaperPhone makes the journey from the confines of research labs to the store racks very soon.
The smartphones that you use now won’t stand a day of bumping and bruising. With the PaperPhone, drop it all you want, pick it up and stuff it in to your back pocket without even another glance at it. It will survive just fine. Wait for future updates as the last word has not been said in this matter.