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  • 'Paper iPhone' to Debut Next Week at the Computer Human Interaction Conference


    Get ready for what could be a look into the future of smartphones - a distant look, that is. Next week at the Association for Computing Machinery's Computer Human Interaction conference in Vancouver, a remarkable prototype for what's been dubbed a "paper iPhone" will be demonstrated by its creator Roel Vertegaal, the director of Queen's University Human Media Lab.

    According to published reports ahead of the formal May 10th unveiling of the PaperPhone - its actual name - the device is a
    "pocket-sized computer as thin and flexible as a sheet of paper is." Although a lone prototype of the smartphone presently exists, the ingenious researchers behind the invention say the smartphone could "revolutionize the way we interact with computers."

    Then again, if you think Apple products are sensitive to water damage now, just imagine the problems this little beauty would have. Nonetheless, the device in question "is a flexible version of e-ink, the digital ink screen found in e-readers such as the Amazon Kindle." So advanced is the design, however, that it may take another five to ten years before a company - possibly Apple - could introduce it to the mass market.

    "This computer looks, feels and operates like a small sheet of interactive paper,” said Vertegaal. “You interact with it by bending it into a cell phone, flipping the corner to turn pages, or writing on it with a pen." Incredibly, a brief demo reel of the prototype already exists. To better understand the (possible) future of flexible smartphones, check out the clip posted above.

    Source: MSNBC
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 'Paper iPhone' to Debut Next Week at the Computer Human Interaction Conference started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 41 Comments
    1. punjabi212's Avatar
      punjabi212 -
      I'll pass on this.
    1. DeathDude's Avatar
      DeathDude -
      Don't see the application of bending to activate buttons. If they can make this a touch sensor phone that I just folder into my pocket that would be awesome.
    1. pacmac's Avatar
      pacmac -
      iPaper cut.. I want a hologram iPhone
    1. bigliquid530's Avatar
      bigliquid530 -
      No thanks
    1. Napoleon_PhoneApart's Avatar
      Napoleon_PhoneApart -
      It's different! It must be better!
    1. spazturtle's Avatar
      spazturtle -
      I don't think anyone here is under standing this properly, this could easily have a touch screen and the e-ink screen could be replaced by a flexible OLED screen. If you had the thin phone at the front and the battery at the back you would end up with a nice thin light phone as the only size limit would be the battery.
    1. Cheesey123's Avatar
      Cheesey123 -
      Just a thought but how would you text?? And wouldn't it take like an hour to text a simple sentence if you had to bend for each letter!! good job there isn't many words that use "Z" 26 bends for 1 letter.
    1. The Man of Sand's Avatar
      The Man of Sand -
      I just think the bending is an idea to shoe off the screen's flexibility and thinness.
    1. buttamix's Avatar
      buttamix -
      Absolutely not!!! Cool
    1. chamboi42o's Avatar
      chamboi42o -
      Hooray for the future!....

      ...but that product itself is ridiculous. Still, iPhone 4 FTW.
    1. zeroskater61's Avatar
      zeroskater61 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jasvncnt10 View Post
      Boy, gaming would be tough
      Lmao... I can picture someone crumbling away on there's trying to play a game.
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Unless you have a rubber battery and flexible housing and lots of other small tiny breakable parts that are inside the iphone how the hell are you gonna bend the screen when trying to use your phone? Stupid.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Meh, doesn't seem right for a phone.
    1. xxhorseriderxxx's Avatar
      xxhorseriderxxx -
      I doubt this technology will be used in phones, more like books, fashion, and appliances.
    1. Lombardo Joe's Avatar
      Lombardo Joe -
      I can't imagine how this would be practical based off of what I've seen. Maybe I'm missing the big picture, but I'd need to see the refined technology.


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    1. The Man of Sand's Avatar
      The Man of Sand -
      Quote Originally Posted by xxhorseriderxxx View Post
      I doubt this technology will be used in phones, more like books, fashion, and appliances.
      Fashion?
    1. Tkaneci2's Avatar
      Tkaneci2 -
      I'm sorry but I have to jump on the band wagon here. Not practical and it definitely looks like a step backwards to me.
    1. jwil736's Avatar
      jwil736 -
      Definitely no good. Brings a whole new meaning to pocket dialing
    1. Jupit3r's Avatar
      Jupit3r -
      The only way I could see this becoming a part of the iPhone is if Apple incorporates it into the screen itself, thus reducing the amount of damage done if someone drops their phone.. Kinda like making the phone more 'unbreakable'
    1. unklbyl's Avatar
      unklbyl -
      Quote Originally Posted by jwil736 View Post
      Definitely no good. Brings a whole new meaning to pocket dialing
      Cool concept, crappy for phone. In my back pocket, i would be butt calling all the time.
      As far as the text message thing goes, fold it Right to scroll forward through the letters, left for bkwrd, down for numbers.
      Remember, this is a prototype.

      Do i want one?
      Nope