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Kyocera Unveils Kinetic Flexible OLED Cell Phone

Posted By Ariel Schwartz On April 16, 2009 @ 11:30 am In green gadgets | 16 Comments

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Charting the future of cell phone technology, Kyocera [2] recently unveiled a kinetic energy-powered [3] phone that is capable of folding up like a wallet [4]. Designed by industrial designer Susan McKinney, the EOS phone consists of a soft, semi-rigid polymer skin surrounding a flexible low-energy OLED display [5]. Shape memory allows the phone’s keys to pop up when in use and blend in with the surface during downtime.

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The Kyocera EOS can be used in its folded-up shape for simple phone calls, unfolds to reveal a wide screen, and we were excited to hear that the it derives its energy from human interaction. The more you use the phone, the more kinetic energy [6] is turned into an electric charge through an array of tiny piezoelectric [7] generators. In other words, you’ll never have to worry about leaving the house with a semi-charged cell phone [8] again.

The EOS is still in the early design stage, but Kyocera teams in San Diego and Bangalore hope to integrate concepts from the device into cell phone lineups in the near future. Maybe future versions of the EOS will follow Samsung [9] and LG [8]‘s lead and use solar power in addition to kinetic energy [10].

+ Kyocera [2]

Via Core77 [11]

Photo by Jeffrey Sass [12]


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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/?p=24510

[2] Kyocera: http://www.kyocera-wireless.com/

[3] kinetic energy-powered: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/02/17/fastronauts-by-sara-paculdo/

[4] wallet: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/06/23/db-clay-wallets/

[5] OLED display: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/01/08/oled-wristband-by-universal-display-corporation/

[6] kinetic energy: http://www.inhabitat.com/category/kineticenergy/

[7] piezoelectric: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/04/14/powerleap-harnesses-energy-from-foot-steps/

[8] cell phone: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/03/05/lg-answers-the-green-call-with-a-yet-to-be-named-solar-powered-handset/

[9] Samsung: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/02/13/samsung-releases-solar-powered-phone/

[10] kinetic energy: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/03/30/blood-power-piezoelectric-nanowires-could-turn-your-body-into-a-battery/

[11] Core77: http://www.core77.com/blog/object_culture/kyoceras_flexible_folding_phone_concept_13184.asp

[12] Jeffrey Sass: http://pikchur.com/sqc

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