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Will smartphones in 2021 bend and flex like a paperback book?

by • February 17, 2016 • No Comments

Whether it is the curved edges of Samsung’s Edge devices or Apple’s 3D Touch, smartphone manufacturers are always appearing for ways to provide users with novel experiences. Now, researchers at Queen’s University’s Human Media Lab have taken this to another level, creating a prototype device called ReFlex, with a flexible display and high end tactile feedback.

Central to the new device are what the researchers call bend gestures. Bending the display down to the right causes virtual pages to flip of the right to the left of the display, only as they may if you were holding a book. The additional you bend the panel, the faster the pages flick by.

The concept handset in addition has highly detailed vibrations across the display, turn it intod to enhance the sensation of flipping through the pages. According to the researchers, those vibrations, combined with the passive force feedback of bending the panel, turn it into a realistic simulation of physical forces. In other words, it quite fells like you are flipping through the pages of a book.

Uses for the bending tech may go far beyond flipping through virtual books, with the team suggesting which it may in addition enhance gaming. For example, users may bend the screen back to stretch the slingshot when playing Angry Birds (if anyone yet plays which), with a tactile jolt being sent through the phone when it is released.

The ReFlex’s internals are mounted to the side of a flexible 720p (quite low-res by today’s standards) multitouch OLED display of LG, and the device runs the in addition-dated Android 4.4 KitKit.

It’s yet quite early days for the concept device, but the team is optimistic of the tech’s next, believing which flexible smartphones may be in the hands of consumers in as little as five years. For now, you can take a appear at the ReFlex in action in the video at a lower place.

Source: Queens University

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