Trending

Filed under: News | Technology News

 

Flexible smartphone notifies owners of incoming calls by curling up

The MorePhone, aside from having a flexible display, visibly curls up when a call comes in.

May 1 2013, 3:04am CDT | by

1 Updates
Flexible smartphone notifies owners of incoming calls by curling up
 
 

YouTube Videos Comments

Full Story

Flexible smartphone notifies owners of incoming calls by curling up

 

A new prototype of futuristic flexible smartphones was revealed by researchers from Queen’s University of Human Media Lab in Canada. The MorePhone, aside from having a flexible display, visibly curls up when a call comes in.

The smartphone is able to accomplish its “sit-ups” thanks to shape memory alloy wires and a thin electrophoretic display. An incoming call activates the wires and induces the phone to curl up all four corners. The flexible smartphone can also curl up individual corners to indicate incoming SMS messages, email, and other events.

The electrophoretic display was manufactured by Plastic Logic, a specialist company on plastic electronics. The technology gives a hint of the direction phone designs are heading for in the future. Roel Vertegaal, director of the Human Media Lab, has built several other prototypes of flexible phones and expects commercial versions to be on the market within 5 to 10 years.

While the MorePhone still has a long way to go towards commercial viability (it has no color display at present), it offers unique advantages. One of these is the unmistakable visual cue that alerts owners when someone is trying to contact them. Vertegaal points out that usual call alerts like ringing and vibrating are already familiar to most users. Phone owners can miss notifications especially with silent modes. The flexible, curling MorePhone makes sure it will not be as easy to ignore.

Source: Human Media Lab

 

 

You Might Also Like

Updates


Sponsored Update


Advertisement


More From the Web

Shopping Deals

 
 
 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/21" rel="author">Gene Ryan Briones</a>
Gene Ryan Briones (Google+) is a technology journalist with a wide experience in writing about the latest trends in the technology industry, ranging from mobile technology, gadgets and robots, as well as computer hardware and software.

 

 

Comments

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

NBA: Warriors Beat LA Clippers 109-105 for 1-0 Lead in Playoff Series
NBA: Warriors Beat LA Clippers 109-105 for 1-0 Lead in Playoff Series
The Golden State Warriors beat the Los Angeles Clippers 109-105 on April 19 to take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-seven first round playoff series.
 
 
Customized gold iPhones given away as wedding favors
Customized gold iPhones given away as wedding favors
President of Nigeria had his daughter’s wedding and each guests received a gold iPhone as wedding favor
 
 
Leaked images show off OnePlus One, StyleSwap covers too
Leaked images show off OnePlus One, StyleSwap covers too
The handset has a minimalistic design approach which falls perfectly in sync with the typical Oppo style
 
 
Rufus Cuff seems too big to be a wristwatch wearable
Rufus Cuff seems too big to be a wearable
Once connected, it can be used for mobile data, making calls and sending texts
 
 
 

The Hottest Photos of Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013