Introducing A Paper-Thin Cell Phone/Media Player
In the next five years, all phones could be as thin as a single sheet of paper, according Canadian scientists who have recently revealed a prototype at a conference in Vancouver this week. The prototype is called the PaperPhone, and can store books, play music, and of course, make phone calls. The display consists of a 9.5 cm diagonal thin film flexible E Ink display. It does not use power when not in use.
The computer operates like a small sheet of interactive paper, you operate it by bending it into a cell phone. Users will flip the corner to turn pages or writing on it with a pen. The team developed a version of the device called the Snaplet that will come as a bracelet.
While on the wrist, it will work as a watch and media player. When it is flat, users will be able to use it as a PDA and be able to take notes on it. When it is held in a concave shape, users can use it as a phone. The device will work with a stylus as well as a touch interface, with other functions controlled by bending each corner up or down. The device will be able to store and interact with documents. The prototype will be shown again next week at the Association of Computing Machinery CHI (Computer Human Interaction) 2011 conference in Vancouver.