Computer Human Interaction conference will take place today May 10, 2011 in Vancouver, Canada and it will showcase an amazing gadget that in doubt will be used by everyone in the very near future.
A collaboration between researchers at the Human Media Lab at Queen’s University, Canada and Arizona State University’s Motivational Environments Research group came up with a device known as the PaperPhone. As the name says, it is a phone that is as slim as paper. If you’re thinking that just like the paper that could crumple it, no it isn’t like that but it like an overhead projector film that it is as slim as paper and you could flex it.
“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,” said the inventor Dr. Roel Vertegaal in a statement. He also stressed out that everything is going to look and feel like this within five years.
The technology of the device is adopted from the same e-ink technology found in Amazon’s Kindle e-book reader and this is bonded to flex sensors and a touchscreen that interprets drawings and text written on it. Bending and flexing are the key features device. Early version is connected to a laptop to interpret and record the ways test subjects flexed it.
Larger version of the device has been eyed to be the future innovations which could make the paperless office become a reality.