Paper Computers: Thin-Filmed Flexible Paperphone is Here! Our Future Smartphones? [Video]
Thin-flmed flexible Paperphone is a mind blowing revolutionary idea which has been converted into reality by the researchers from the Human Media Lab at Canada’s Queen’s University. It is a fully functional floppy type E-Ink smartphone which is also named as paper computer. Though it is a thin-filmed Paperphone yet it is quite capable receiving calls, storing e-books, and playing music. Dissimilar to traditional smartphones, it abruptly adopts the shape of its user’s pocket or purse, and can even be made functional with some bending movements too.
Roel Vertegaal, the creator & director of the Human Media Lab introduces his revolutionary Paperphone in following words;
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.
Paper Computer is made up of a 9.5-cm (3.74-inch) thin film to provide flexible E-Ink display, underneath which a flexible printed circuit has been induced for resistive bend sensors. These sensors are the core of this papeerphone since these are programmable to recognize different types of bending gestures, consequently assisting in navigating menus, making calls, selecting songs, or any other function. A built-in Wacom tablet also lets users to illustrate on its screen – giving it an exact paper-like touch and feel.
The most beautiful aspect of this paper computer is its less energy consuming capability since it takes no feed in terms of energy units when it is not in work.
Vertegaal’s team have already introduced a similar type of Paperphone/Paper computer, the Snaplet, which can be worn just like a wristband. It works as a watch when in a convex shape, becomes a PDA when flat, and behaves like a phone when turned concave.
This is the future. Everything is going to look and feel like this within five years.
Paperphone or Paper Computer is the device which has been designed as a result of combined efforts by Queen’s University and Arizona State University. The inventors of Paperphone would present it on May 10th at the CHI 2011conference in Vancouver, officially.
Here is a video demo in which you can watch a Paperphone in action;
Apple has already devised hybrid E-Paper (E-Ink) video displays for its future iPhones. So we can easily conclude that Paperphones/Paper Computers are our future smartphones, definitely.
Via: GizmagApple, iPhone