Long before Korean electronics giants LG and Samsung rolled out smartphones with curved displays in the form of the G Flex
and Galaxy Round
, the team from the Human Media Lab at Canada's Queen's University created the Paperphone
, a fully-functioning flexible smartphone prototype featuring a thin film E-Ink display. This was followed by the PaperTab
tablet and MorePhone
smartphone prototypes. Now the foldable PaperFold smartphone has joined the fold.
Researchers at Queen’s University’s Human Media Lab have developed a prototype smartphone that uses shape-changing capabilities to let the user know of an incoming call, text or email. Built around a thin, flexible electrophoretic display manufactured by Plastic Logic, the MorePhone can curl its entire body to indicate a call, or curl up to three individual corners to indicate a particular message.
British car maker Aston Martin
is looking to leverage its luxury brand into the world of consumer electronics by teaming up with Canadian mobile phone manufacturer Mobiado to produce a line of high-end handsets to be launched in May of this year. Until then, the company has provided a tantalizing peek at possible future designs with the CPT002 Aston Martin Concept Phone that takes the 'slab of glass' design of many current smartphones to the next level. With a solid sapphire crystal capacitive touchscreen, the CPT002 is completely transparent.
As laptop computers continue to shrink in size and mobile phones become more and more powerful, can it be that long before the two merge into a device with the portability of a mobile phone and the functionality of a laptop? While it is just a matter of time before the power of a fully-fledged PC can be crammed inside a device the size of a mobile phone, our fingers aren't getting any smaller so overcoming the problems of interacting with such a small device will require some creative thinking. Creative thinking like that of designer Billy May who has come up with a mobile phone concept called the “Seabird” that is designed to address some of the frustrations people face when using such physically small devices.
Wrinkling, blisters and delamination on stickers applied to curved or bendable surfaces are usually an annoyance, but examining this phenomena has led researchers to a new, powerful approach to fabricating stretchable electronics that could pave the way to the production of components with very high mechanical resistance.
August 22, 2006 Answer your phone with the touch of a cheek! Synaptics
have utilised Synaptics' ClearPad touch screen to enable a new mobile user interface in its Onyx next-generation mobile phone concept
. The new concept phone uses ClearPad, an optically clear, capacitive touch screen solution, to create a fully adaptive user interface (UI). The ClearPad input system eliminates the traditional mechanical keys found on phones today and dramatically adapts to present the information and controls a user needs at any given moment. Claimed to be more intelligent than conventional touch screens, the ClearPad accurately recognizes not only points and taps, but also shapes, complex gestures, and proximity to the user's finger or cheek. This creates new possibilities such as assigning functions to two-finger taps, closing tasks by swiping an "X" over them, sending messages by swiping them off the screen, or answering a phone by holding it up to your cheek. The prototype phone uses a dynamic UI, where applications are layered and opened simultaneously, allowing a seamless flow of information between applications.
March 10, 2006 The automotive industry began producing concept cars so it could weigh public opinion of its design ideas and it has taken just three quarters of a century for other industries to follow suit. The prestigious iF (International Forum) Design Awards
for excellence and innovation were announced this week and if you’re into exquisite design, you could spend a month looking through the wonderous array of spectacularly elegant function there. Amongst the winners though, were three concept phones – one from BenQ and two from Pantech. Now one concept phone does not a sustainable trend make, but three gives it a bit of credence. Let’s hope so. All three are beautiful and ever so clever in their design.