Display technologies have stalled. There, we said it. A few years ago,
we were seriously seeing tons of innovation with display technologies --
everything from color e-ink to Mirasol. But hardly any of those
technologies ever grew into a product that could be shipped to
consumers, and thus, we're left with normal B&W e-paper and LCDs,
with a few OLED display sprinkled in for good measure. But we aren't
giving up hope. Researchers from Queens University have introduced a new
flexible, e-ink display at the Computer Human Interaction conference,
and it's one that they believe could one day replace smartphones.
That's a bold claim, for sure, but the Paper Phone truly is something
else. The device is totally flexible, allowing users to control it by
bending it. Roel Vertegaal an associate professor of computer science at
Queens University, had this to say: "That means we can use the types of
metaphors you find when reading or working with paper documents now
working with computers. If you want to turn the page you simply bend the
top right corner and you go to the next page."
With things like this, it's best described through video, so that's exactly what's here. Enjoy!