Could we soon be reading ebooks on an single, flexible piece of electronic ‘paper’ which eroding close to the experience of a paper book?
Researchers at Queen’s University in Canada and Arizona State University are working on an flexible, thin smartphone which uses a version of the e-ink screen technology currently used by Sony ereaders and the Kindle.
The smartphone prototype, called paperphone is said to do “everything a smartphone does”, just with flexible 9.5cm display display which is claimed to make it “much more portable that any current mobile computer”.
“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,” says creator Roel Vertegaal, Director of Queen’s University human media lab.
The device, will be demonstrated later this month at the 2011 CHI conference, but in the meantime this video gives an insight into how we could all be using our phones in the future: