It has been reported that a new plastic smartphone, as thin as and flexible as a credit card, has been invented by researchers from Queen’s university in Kingston, Ontario.
With the prototype, users do not rely on a touchscreen or buttons to make calls, play music, etc., but rather bend the phone in different ways to perform different actions.
Roel Vertegaal, director of the Human Media Lab at Queens University came up with the idea of “bending gestures” as a new way of interacting with computing devices. According to the report by CBC, he envisioned a device that would feel and behave like a sheet of interactive paper, and subsequently dubbed the device the “PaperPhone”.
According to Vertegaal, the point of the project was to show what the phone of the future would look like.
The prototype, along with the bend gestures, will be demonstrated at the Computing Machinery’s Computer Human Interaction conference in Vancouver on May 10.
photo source Human Media Lab/Queen’s University