Woah Paper-Phone


Behold, the Paper-Phone: Paper-thin Smart-Phone and Computer

First things first: This does not look as awesome as you’d hope. Granted. BUT, consider this for a moment: This is a bendable computer. It uses flexible electronics that even “read” your bending of it. Those are two huge advances, not to mention that it’s quite thin. Furthermore, this is a prototype. That means that commercial versions will undoubtedly be more aesthetic and user-friendly; additionally, it means that as a new technology – much like the EEG headsets I’ve been writing about lately – we can expect a robust flow of research which will expand and further these capabilities. In other words, this is just the beginning.

So don’t be disheartened by how clunky it may seem; just think of those first computers from the 50s, or even cell-phones from the 90s compared to an iPhone. That was just 20 years ago. And if Kurzweil is right (and I think he basically is), we should expect this technology to flourish quickly and in amazing ways, perhaps seeing amazing and practical advancements within 5 years – and then we’ll wonder how we lugged around those big, clunky, and primitive iPhones!

  • RCS Highlights
    (from article here):

The world’s first interactive paper computer is set to revolutionize the world of interactive computing… “This computer looks, feels and operates like a small sheet of interactive paper. You interact with it by bending it into a cell phone, flipping the corner to turn pages, or writing on it with a pen.”

The smartphone prototype, called PaperPhone is best described as a flexible iPhone — it does everything a smartphone does, like store books, play music or make phone calls. But its display consists of a 9.5 cm diagonal thin film flexible E Ink display. The flexible form of the display makes it much more portable that any current mobile computer: it will shape with your pocket

“The paperless office is here. Everything can be stored digitally and you can place these computers on top of each other just like a stack of paper, or throw them around the desk” says Dr. Vertegaal.

The invention heralds a new generation of computers that are super lightweight, thin-film and flexible. They use no power when nobody is interacting with them. When users are reading, they don’t feel like they’re holding a sheet of glass or metal

For more info… visit http://www.humanmedialab.org/paperphone/

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