Researchers have unveiled a shape shifting paper thin mobile phone that curls up when a call is received.
The handset, dubbed the morephone, was built by a Canadian team using a plastic display built by British firm Plastic Logic. This is another step in the direction of radically new interaction techniques afforded by smartphones based on thin film, flexible display technologies’ says Roel Vertegaal, director of the human media lab at Queen’s University, who developed the system.
Dr. Vertegaal thinks bendable, flexible cell phones are the future and claims morephones could be in the hands of consumers within five to 10 years.
How will it work?
Answer:Sandwiched beneath the display are a number of shape memory alloy wires that contract when the phone notifies the user. This allows the phone to either curl either its entire body, or up to three individual corners. Each corner can be tailored to convey a particular message. For example, users can set the top right corner of the morephone to bend when receiving a text message, and the bottom right corner when receiving an email. Corners can also repeatedly bend up and down to convey messages of greater urgency.
See a video on how it’s proposed to operate below: