A new smartphone case concept has been unveiled this week by researchers at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria in partnership with Microsoft, that offers an easy way to add a second flexible ePaper display to your smartphone.
The additional screen is capable of providing a number of unique features as well as offering an extra way to navigate your smartphone without the need to touch its screen and hinder your view of the application you are using.
Watch the video below to learn more about this concept flexible ePaper display smartphone case, that shows a glimpse of what we can expect in the future from smartphone cases that will not only protect your phone but also provide additional features and functionality. Its creators explain a little more about the cases inspiration, design and functions.
FlexCase is a novel flip cover for smartphones, which brings flexible input and output capabilities to existing mobile phones. It combines an e-paper display with a pressure- and bend-sensitive input sensor to augment the capabilities of a phone. Due to the form factor, FlexCase can be easily transformed into several different configurations, each with different interaction possibilities.
We can use FlexCase to perform a variety of touch, pressure, grip and bend gestures in a natural manner, much like interacting with a sheet of paper. The secondary e-paper display can act as a mechanism for providing user feedback and persisting content from the main display. In this paper, we explore the rich design space of FlexCase and present a number of different interaction techniques.
Beyond, we highlight how touch and flex sensing can be combined to support a novel type of gestures, which we call Grip & Bend. We also describe the underlying technology and gesture sensing algorithms. Numerous applications apply the interaction techniques in real-world examples, including enhanced e-paper reading and interaction, a new copy-and-paste metaphor, high degree of freedom 3D and 2D manipulation, and the ability to transfer content and support input between displays in a natural and flexible manner.
Unfortunately the prototype flexible ePaper display smartphone case is not yet available to purchase but if and when a consumer version is released we will keep you up-to-date as always.