Canadian University Showcases Flexible Paper Computer


Tue, May 17th, 2011 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

The Vancouver Sun brings to attention the PaperPhone, a working concept next-generation smartphone developed by Queen's University Human Media Lab in Kingston, Ontario, which features a paper-thin display that is flexible and more durable.

PaperPhone's developers believe that this system will replace current touchscreen technology in the next 5 to 10 years. Granted this is a prototype, but in the video it seems a little awkward to use when navigating as a phone; as digital paper, however, this might actually work.

According to the PaperPhone website:

"This is the future. Everything is going to look and feel like this within five years," says creator Roel Vertegaal, the director of Queen's University Human Media Lab,. "This computer looks, feels and operates like a small sheet of interactive paper. You interact with it by bending it into a cell phone, flipping the corner to turn pages, or writing on it with a pen."

The smartphone prototype, called PaperPhone is best described as a flexible iPhone -- it does everything a smartphone does, like store books, play music or make phone calls. But its display consists of a 9.5 cm diagonal thin film flexible E Ink display. The flexible form of the display makes it much more portable that any current mobile computer: it will shape with your pocket.

Being able to store and interact with documents on larger versions of these light, flexible computers means offices will no longer require paper or printers.



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