World’s First Interactive Paper Computer Promises to Reinvent the Digital World

by , 01/24/11

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Gadgets are about to get even skinnier — yes, even skinnier than the origami phone, believe it or not — now that researchers at Queens University in Canada have created the PaperPhone. The smartphone prototype, which is about the height and width of an iPhone, is so skinny you could slide it into the pocket of your tightest jeans and so flexible it could move with you while you walk. This tiny portable computer is operated by gestural movements — one literally bends it in different directions — and it can do all that nifty stuff your smartphone can do. It makes phone calls, stores books and plays music — check out a demonstration video after the jump.

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This is the future. everything is going to look and feel like this within five years,” says PaperPhone inventor Roel Vertegaal, the director of Queen’s University Human Media Lab. “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.

Vertegaal and his colleagues are envisioning a future where these PaperPhones are used as computers and replace actual paper in our offices. They can store multiple documents, are reusable and can be stacked on a desk or in a file cabinet if necessary. The PaperPhone has a 3.7 inch diagonal thin film flexible e ink display and uses no power when it is not in use — phantom power begone!

Via Science Daily

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  1. CoachDebra May 5, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    But if it operates by bending and fits in my jeans pocket – what happens when I sit down? I’m just sayin…

  2. rodneygraynj May 5, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Cool idea! I’m not quite sure how practical it is for everyday use. But, I can’t wait to see how it advances.

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