Kyocera Unveils Kinetic Flexible OLED Cell Phone
Posted By Ariel Schwartz On April 16, 2009 @ 11:30 am In green gadgets,Innovation | 16 Comments
Charting the future of cell phone technology, Kyocera  recently unveiled a kinetic energy-powered  phone that is capable of folding up like a wallet . Designed by industrial designer Susan McKinney, the EOS phone consists of a soft, semi-rigid polymer skin surrounding a flexible low-energy OLED display . Shape memory allows the phone’s keys to pop up when in use and blend in with the surface during downtime.
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  is turned into an electric charge through an array of tiny piezoelectric  generators. In other words, you’ll never have to worry about leaving the house with a semi-charged cell phone  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  and LG ‘s lead and use solar power in addition to kinetic energy .
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Via Core77 
Photo by Jeffrey Sass 
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/?p=24510
 Kyocera: http://www.kyocera-wireless.com/
 kinetic energy-powered: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/02/17/fastronauts-by-sara-paculdo/
 wallet: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/06/23/db-clay-wallets/
 OLED display: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/01/08/oled-wristband-by-universal-display-corporation/
 kinetic energy: http://www.inhabitat.com/category/kineticenergy/
 piezoelectric: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/04/14/powerleap-harnesses-energy-from-foot-steps/
 cell phone: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/03/05/lg-answers-the-green-call-with-a-yet-to-be-named-solar-powered-handset/
 Samsung: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/02/13/samsung-releases-solar-powered-phone/
 kinetic energy: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/03/30/blood-power-piezoelectric-nanowires-could-turn-your-body-into-a-battery/
 Core77: http://www.core77.com/blog/object_culture/kyoceras_flexible_folding_phone_concept_13184.asp
 Jeffrey Sass: http://pikchur.com/sqc
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