Gallery: Smart PaperPhone bends the rules

Gallery: Smart PaperPhone bends the rules

Summary: Think your cell phone is too heavy? Just wait until you can get your hands on a PaperPhone.

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  • Think your cell phone is too heavy? Just wait until you can get your hands on a PaperPhone. Researchers at the Queen's University Human Media Lab in Ontario, Canada worked with the E Ink Corporation to develop a prototype (E Ink  helped develop the technology behind Amazon to develop Kindle.).

    Probably the most interesting aspect of this phone is that you bend it to execute commands called bend gestures. 

    For more on the PaperPhone read Chris Jablonski's ZDNet blog  and  David Meyer's blog from ZDNet UK. Queen's University Human Media Lab is also working on a snaplet watch shown later in the gallery.

    Here's the research behind PaperPhone and a video showing how it works.

  • It's paper thin.

Topics: Hardware, Mobility, Telcos

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  • A paper phone

    These are truly exciting times!
    paulcapeliii
  • RE: Gallery: Smart PaperPhone bends the rules

    Weirdest thing I've ever seen. I like the form factor. I doubt the "bend technology." It would seem difficult to accurately bend the page without using two hands or having a ton of time wasting input errors. But, all new technologies face their critics and so will this one. If it is worthy of gaining a position in the market, it will succeed. It's up to the inventors to see it through.
    ld_johnson
  • paper phone

    In the words of the dirty old man on "Laugh In" velly intelesting! I hope it works. it would see like with all of the bending, fatigue will set in and something will break.
    dhays
  • RE: Gallery: Smart PaperPhone bends the rules

    From the pictures, it looks like the user interface to a smartphone. Whether it can place real calls is not proven to me.
    jtdavies
  • RE: Gallery: Smart PaperPhone bends the rules

    ...and a model without those funky wires would be really something, eh?
    gszimmerman
  • RE: Gallery: Smart PaperPhone bends the rules

    and Now for something completely different
    MoeFugger
  • i want to wait till paper battery comesup

    without paper battery this phone still look crap.
    imqf@...
  • RE: Gallery: Smart PaperPhone bends the rules

    Can you say "pocketdial"?
    ScottFromDenver
  • RE: Gallery: Smart PaperPhone bends the rules

    Why? unless it some how gets used to further paper printed circuit boards the entire concept is pointless and has no real value???
    Fletchguy